A FORMER West Mercia police officer appeared in court after he was charged with sexual assault by touching. 

Oliver Dines 31, has been charged with two counts of sexual assault by touching in October and November 2020 when he was a police constable. 

The alleged offences relate to occasions while he was on during and involve two separate women he met while he was on duty. 

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Independent Office for Police Conduct said: "Our investigation began in December 2020 following a referral from West Mercia Police concerning the alleged conduct of PC Dines.

"At the conclusion of our investigation, we submitted our report to the Crown Prosecution Service which has since authorised the charges under Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003."