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Officer who admitted hitting prisoner is cleared of assault

A police sergeant who "went nuclear" while trying to detain a prisoner has been cleared of assault.

Jason Hayles hit Clinton Copeland 12 times about the head and face because it was "the only option" to ensure his safety, Birmingham Crown Court had heard.

He was cleared of assault causing actual bodily harm in February 2015 after a four-day trial.

Mr Copeland admitted he had lunged at the officer and tried to bite him.

Mr Hayles, 44, a custody sergeant, said trying to restrain Mr Copeland, 30, was like grappling with a crocodile.

Mr Copeland, who underwent a head scan after the incident, has a previous conviction for assaulting a female custody officer and has a history of convictions for robbery.

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