Greater Manchester Police officer faces trial

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A police officer is to go on trial accused of trying to pervert the course of justice by making false statements against a protester at a rally.

PC Alan Glover, 31, is said to have provided false or misleading evidence which resulted in Alan Clough being charged with public order offences.

Charges against the Unite Against Fascism campaigner were later dropped.

The Greater Manchester Police officer has yet to enter a plea and will go on trial at York Crown Court on 17 June.

His colleague Insp Robert Cantrell, 39, faced the same charge of intending to pervert the course of justice by giving false or misleading statements.

But that was quashed at York Crown Court after Judge Shaun Spencer ruled the evidence did not support the charge.

The court heard retired groundskeeper Mr Clough, 64, was at a demonstration against the English Defence League in Bolton, Greater Manchester, when he was arrested in March 2010.

He was charged and his case taken before magistrates before being dropped by the Crown Prosecution Service.

PC Glover was policing the event in the town's Victoria Square.

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