Derbyshire PCSO 'child assault' case dropped

Bakhtawar Rana Image copyright PA
Image caption PCSO Bakhtawar Rana's suspension has been lifted but internal misconduct action could be taken, police said

The criminal case against a police community support officer accused of assaulting an eight-year-old child near a school has been discontinued.

PCSO Bakhtawar Rana's suspension has been lifted, meaning he can continue to work for Derbyshire Constabulary.

However, the force said internal misconduct action could still be taken.

PCSO Rana, 50, from Chellaston in Derby, was alleged to have committed the offence in Reginald Street in the city in March.

'Investigation continues'

In a statement, Derbyshire Constabulary, said: "PCSO Rana's suspension has been lifted after the criminal case against him was discontinued by the Crown Prosecution Service.

"He will be employed on non-operational duties while an investigation continues to determine whether internal misconduct proceedings are appropriate."

The PCSO pleaded not guilty to the assault at a court hearing in September and he was due to face trial at Nottingham Magistrates' Court.

The Crown Prosecution Service has not yet said why the case has been discontinued.

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