A POLICE officer will appear in court following an alleged sexual assault.

DC Sam Garside, based in Dyfed-Powys Police’s Ceredigion division, was suspended from duties in July 2023 when it was reported that he had committed an offence while off duty in December 2021.

The 30-year-old will appear at Swansea Magistrates’ Court on March 6 charged with sexual assault by penetration.

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Senior investigating officer Huw Davies said: “This is a serious allegation, and I recognise it will cause concern among our communities.

“I would like to give an assurance that swift action was taken when the allegation was made, and we now await the result of the criminal justice process.

“Legal proceedings are now underway, and it is important to avoid further commentary while this process takes place.”