First court appearance today of March based detective accused of nine counts of sexual assault

17:37 27 March 2014

Det Sgt Matt Swash

Det Sgt Matt Swash

Archant

A detective sergeant appeared in court today charged with nine counts of sexual assault.

Det Sgt Matt Swash, 40, of Crown Close, March, appeared at Hatfield magistrates’ court.

He was bailed to appear at St Albans Crown Court on April 10.

He was the second police officer from Fenland to appear in the dock inside the space of 48 hours. Two days ago PC Gareth Booth of Whittlesey appeared before Stevenage magistrates accused of harassment and will stand trial at Hertford magistrates’ court next month.

Swash has been suspended by the force for some time but details of the allegations against only became public last week.

Swash is a former student at Neale-Wade Academy, March and joined the police force in 1990.

More news stories

Yesterday, 15:42
Magpas Helimdeix attended the scene

The air ambulance was called after a young girl suffered an injury to her arm this morning (Friday).

Yesterday, 16:55
St George inside Mallett jewellers

As preparations get under way for this weekend’s St George’s Fayre a familiar face has been seen visiting shops in March.

Yesterday, 14:30
Jay Newling, from Sutton, who has organised a 24-hour drumathon, to raise funds for Cancer Research to be held in Somersham.

A musician is hoping to drum up plenty of support for an extraordinary charity challenge.

Yesterday, 12:01
Victoria Gillick took the microphone to address a protest rally over immigation held in Wisbech Park in 2013.

Campaigner Victoria Gillick has delivered a 20 page dossier to election candidates supporting her claim that unrestricted immigration has left Fenland- and Wisbech in particular- “ignored, neglected and vilified”.

Most read stories

Most commented stories

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Ely Standard e-edition today E-edition