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Posted on 11:34:00 on 14th September 2018

A former Northumbria Police Officer has been jailed for an assault that left a man with a deep laceration to the head.


Stephen Light, aged 44, of Bede Close, Newcastle, was sentenced at Carlisle Crown Court today (14th September).


Light was sentenced to 2 years 6 months for GBH Assault.


The incident occurred at 1:54am, on 11th April 2018, when police were called to the victim’s home following a window being smashed. The victim made a further call to police reporting an unknown person in their home.  Police arrived moments later to find Light in the victim’s property. Light had assaulted the victim with a metal house hold item.  


The victim suffered an 8cm laceration to the head which required sutures, and abrasions to their arm.


Detective Constable James Graham, West Cumbria CID, said:


“This attack was on a man in his own home, a place where everyone has the right to feel safe.


“The sentence passed today reflects seriousness of the offences and the violence shown.


“Cumbria Police will not tolerate this type of behaviour and look to bring all offenders to justice.”

Superintendent Sav Patsalos, head of Professional Standards at Northumbria Police, said:


“We expect the highest standards from officers and staff both on and off-duty.


"As soon as we became aware of the allegations against Stephen Light he was suspended.


“Following his conviction for assault, we progressed relevant disciplinary proceedings which have resulted in his dismissal without notice from the Force.


“I want this to give people confidence that in cases such as this we will not hesitate to take swift and decisive action.


"I would like to reassure the communities we serve that this sort of behaviour is not reflective of the outstanding professionalism and commitment our officers and staff display daily.”


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