West Yorkshire murder detective suspended over assault charge

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A murder squad detective from Wakefield has been suspended from work after being charged with an assault at a pub in one of Yorkshire’s most popular seaside destinations.

Paul Whiteley, of West Yorkshire Police’s homicide and major enquiry team (HMET), has been relieved of his duties pending the outcome of the case against him.

Mr Whiteley, 50, who is from Grange Moor, is charged with committing assault at a pub in Fylingthorpe, near Whitby on the east coast, on May 29.

Claire Hughes, a 42-year-old from York, is also charged in connection with the incident.

The pair are due to appear in court in Scarborough next week.

It is understood the detective was not on duty at the time and has been suspended on full pay until the conclusion of court proceedings.

North Yorkshire Police – the force responsible for the area where the alleged incident happened – have not revealed details about the allegation, but confirmed that a man and a woman suffered minor injuries as a result.

A spokesman said: “North Yorkshire Police can confirm that a man and a woman have been charged with assault following an altercation at a pub in Fylingthorpe near Whitby on May 29.

“A 50-year-old man from Grange Moor, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, and a 42-year-old woman from Lawrence Street, York, have both been charged with assault following the incident which involved another man and a woman who sustained minor injuries.”

Both defendants are due to appear at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court for a preliminary hearing next Wednesday, June 19.

Established in 2006, HMET deals with West Yorkshire’s most high-profile serious investigations, including murder and manslaughter cases and serious sexual assaults.

West Yorkshire Police confirmed that Det Sgt Whiteley, who has been with the team for several years, had been suspended.