A Suffolk police officer is set to appear at crown court following an investigation into his use of force while arresting a man in Lowestoft.

PC Samuel Robinson, who was based at Lowestoft Police Station, appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, November 22 charged with unlawful wounding inflicting grievous bodily harm.

He did not enter a plea, and magistrates ordered the case to be heard at Suffolk Crown Court.

The charge relates to an incident on June 1 last year where the 30-year-old allegedly used excessive force after attending a report of a man armed with a metal pole at a storage facility in Lowestoft. 

The Independent Office of Police Conduct began an investigation on June 8, 2021, following a conduct referral from Suffolk Constabulary.

On its conclusion, in April 2022, they referred the matter to the Crown Prosecution Service, which authorised the charge.

A plea and trial preparation hearing is now set to take place on December 20.