Former South Yorkshire police officer jailed for assault

Richard Whitham arriving at Leeds Magistrates Court.''Picture Dean Atkins
Richard Whitham arriving at Leeds Magistrates Court.''Picture Dean Atkins

A former South Yorkshire Police officer has been jailed for assaulting a woman.

Richard Whitham was a police constable at Moss Way Police Station in Sheffield, before being dismissed from the force last month following his conviction.

The 36-year-old was jailed for 20 weeks at Leeds Magistrates’ Court after being found guilty of two counts of common assault.

The crimes relate to an incident while Whitham, of Woodfield Road, Crookes, Sheffield, was off duty in the city on February 22.

At a special case hearing with Chief Constable David Crompton in October, Whitham was dismissed from his post without notice following an internal investigation.

Detective Superintendent Terry Mann, head of the force’s Professional Standards Department, said: “South Yorkshire Police strives to ensure that those within our ranks who are suspected of wrongdoing are dealt with in exactly the same way as any other member of the public.

“This is vitally important if we are to restore public confidence in the service we provide.

“This case once again proves that we are willing and able to deal with our officers in a professional manner whilst remaining open and transparent.”

Whitham was suspended from his duties when the allegations come to light in April.

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