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Wednesday, 30 July 2014

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Cumbrian ex-PCSO clears name after assault conviction

A former police community support officer convicted of assaulting a woman has cleared her name after “a year-long nightmare”.

Lorna Brookes, 27, of Settle Street, Millom, had the guilty verdict overturned at Lancaster Crown Court.

An incident in Millom’s Reflections nightclub on February 17 last year led to her being tried at Furness Magistrates’ Court in May.

The prosecution alleged that Miss Brookes had made an offensive remark towards two women in club toilets, and she and her friend had then become involved in an argument with the pair, which turned violent.

Miss Brookes said she had been attempting to prevent a fight.

But presiding magistrate Mandy Marshall delivered a guilty verdict, saying Miss Brookes was “significantly impaired” by drink.

Cumbria Police had also suspended her following the conviction while an internal investigation into alleged gross misconduct took place. But Miss Brookes opted to resign in August.

On Facebook she posted: “Finally after a year-long nightmare I got the not guilty verdict I deserve. Couldn’t have done it without my awesome friends and family.”

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