Cumbria Cop Charged With Rape


A police detective from Barrow in Furness charged with rape and indecent assault has been committed to crown court.

Nicholas Doherty 41, from Barrow, appeared at Leamington Magistrates’ Court this morning.

Warwickshire police had charged Doherty with a rape that allegedly occurred in Stratford upon Avon on February 27, 2012 and an indecent assault which is alleged to have happened in Cumbria in December 1999.

The court confirmed that Doherty’s case had been committed to Warwick Crown Court, to sit at Leamington Spa, on July 15, 2014.

Doherty was given conditional bail. The police officer from Cumbria Police was arrested from his home address on Wednesday November 27 2013 by Warwickshire Police.

Warwickshire Police had said following questioning he was released on conditional police bail with strict conditions pending further enquiries by Warwickshire Police.

The charges were made yesterday 24 and Doherty was remanded before appearing at Leamington court today.

Cumbria Police confirmed that Doherty was suspended from duty when he was arrested on November 27 and remains suspended.

Warwickshire police are leading the investigation with support from Cumbria police.

Assistant Chief Constable Michelle Skeer said: “The Constabulary expects the highest standards of professionalism, integrity and conduct from all police officers at all times.

“We take any allegations of inappropriate behaviour from any of our officers very seriously to ensure our communities can have trust and confidence in us.

“I can reassure communities that we investigate any reports thoroughly and would encourage anyone with any concerns to contact Cumbria Police on 101 and ask the speak to the Professional Standards Department.”