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St Helens police officer accused of 'making sexual advances' to teenager
8:17pm Tuesday 27th August 2013 in News
A ST HELENS police officer is being investigated after allegations he made sexual advances towards a 17-year-old girl he gave a lift home to.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is managing an investigation into the claims, made after the officer took the teenager home in a marked police car.
The IPCC said the PC picked the girl up on the street while he was on duty in St Helens on August 7.
The accused officer was suspended from duty following a complaint from the girl’s family. The matter was referred to the IPCC by Merseyside Police.
James Dipple-Johnstone, the IPCC’s Commissioner for Merseyside, said: "Allegations of this nature are taken extremely seriously.
“We are managing an investigation that is being carried out by Merseyside Police to provide confidence to the victim, her family and the public that there has been independent oversight and the investigation is thorough.”
A spokesman for Merseyside Police said: "Merseyside Police can confirm an allegation that an officer acted inappropriately to a member of the public whilst on duty in St Helens was received by the force on Wednesday, 7 August.
"The incident is alleged to have occurred in the early hours of that day.
"The matter was referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who are now managing the investigation into the incident.
"As such it would be inappropriate to comment any further at this time."