A POLICE sergeant is to stand trial at Chester Crown Court accused of assaulting a man in custody.

Merseyside Police custody sergeant Peter Jordan appeared at Warrington Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, charged with Section 47 assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 52-year-old pleaded not guilty to the offence and District Judge Andrew Shaw sent the case to Chester Crown Court for trial on August 4.

Jordan was given unconditional bail.

He was charged following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) into allegations about the force used on a 23-year-old man who suffered injuries to his face while in custody.

The man was taken to St Anne Street police station in Liverpool on December 16, 2018, after being arrested for being drunk and disorderly.

An IOPC spokesman said: "Our work was completed in December 2019 and we submitted evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who made the decision to charge PS Jordan with a Section 47 assault occasioning actual bodily harm in May this year."