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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Ex-policeman guilty of running over wife in Cumbria

A council worker has been found guilty of running over his ex-wife and attacking her new partner.

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Ken Sharples: Jailed for four years

A jury at Carlisle Crown Court unanimously convicted ex-police officer Kenneth Sharples of attacking Kai Diesveld and running over Andrea Sharp. The council has confirmed he will face disciplinary proceedings after he is sentenced on Friday.

The incident followed an argument at the Seaton home which Miss Sharp and Mr Diesveld shared on December 15 last year.

Miss Sharp was left with a broken leg, while Mr Diesveld suffered cuts and bruising to his face after Sharples “rained punches” on him.

Sharples, 53, of Chaucer Road, Workington, had denied the offences, claiming he had only struck Mr Diesveld once, with an “open palm”.

He also claimed Miss Sharp had broken her leg after falling over, rather than being struck and run over by the car he was driving.

However, independent witnesses told the court during the trial that they heard the snap of Miss Sharp’s ankle breaking as Sharples drove over it.

The Allerdale Council worker – who had previously campaigned for road safety measures in Seaton – was remanded in custody by Judge Paul Batty QC.

The former Metropolitan police officer now faces an uncertain future over his job, as the council confirms it will start its own formal proceedings against Sharples.

Andrew Seekings, corporate director for resources at Allerdale , told the News & Star: “We will be following formal council procedures following Mr Sharples’ sentencing hearing this Friday.

“We will aim to complete these processes as quickly as possible so that a hearing can be called and a decision can be made about Mr Sharples’ future.”

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