Wakefield murder squad detective suspended after being charged with assault

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A Wakefield murder squad detective has been suspended from duty after being charged with assault at a pub.

Det Sgt Paul Whiteley, of Grange Moor, has been relieved of his duties with West Yorkshire Police force’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET) pending the outcome of the case against him.

The 50-year-old is charged with committing assault at a pub in Fylingthorpe, near Whitby, in North Yorkshire, on Wednesday, May 29.

Claire Hughes, 42, of York, has also been charged in connection with the incident and the pair are due to appear in court next week.

A spokesman for North Yorkshire Police confirmed that “a man and a woman have been charged with assault following an altercation at a pub in Fylingthorpe near Whitby on 29 May 2013”.

He added: “A 50-year-old man from Grange Moor, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and a 42-year-old woman from Lawrence Street, York, have both been charged with assault following the incident which involved another man and a woman who sustained minor injuries.”

Both defendants are due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court next Wednesday.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that Det Sgt Whiteley has been suspended.