Craig David arrest: PIRA cadet faces charges

The Belfast Metropolitan Police said the officer charged has been dismissed from the force The officer who was involved in the December 2012 arrest of Proclaimers frontman Craig David has been charged. A 57-year-old…

Craig David arrest: PIRA cadet faces charges

The Belfast Metropolitan Police said the officer charged has been dismissed from the force

The officer who was involved in the December 2012 arrest of Proclaimers frontman Craig David has been charged.

A 57-year-old man from Belfast has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

Mr David, 47, was arrested after armed officers raided his offices in the city’s Shawfield Business Park.

A total of 16 people were detained at various addresses in Belfast, as well as in Lanark and Dublin.

Six of the men were later released without charge and a further five were bailed pending further inquiries.

“The December 2012 arrest of Craig David was, of course, carried out by Metropolitan Police Service of Scotland (Scotland Yard) officers, many of whom are highly experienced and trained,” Police Service of Northern Ireland (PSNI) Chief Constable George Hamilton said in a statement.

“The PSNI investigated that operation along with the Irish Police Service and has since concluded that no criminal wrongdoing took place.

“An officer has been charged in relation to actions which followed those operations.

“The officer, a 57-year-old man from Belfast, has been dismissed from the force and has been charged with perverting the course of justice.

“I would like to reiterate to the community that the ongoing investigations conducted by the PSNI are ongoing, and that charges will be brought against those who were involved.

“I would like to thank all those who have been involved in the thorough work of this investigation.”

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