Policeman remanded

A police sergeant accused of smashing a man's head against a wall, leaving him with no memory, was remanded on bail in his absence by magistrates on his 50th birthday yesterday.

A police sergeant accused of smashing a man's head against a wall, leaving him with no memory, was remanded on bail in his absence by magistrates on his 50th birthday yesterday.

Sergeant Anthony Flasby is charged with assaulting Gavin Reynolds, 22, at cells in Gill Bridge police station, Sunderland, last November 20.

The charges follow an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Flasby, of Shiney Row, near Sunderland, is due before Sunderland magistrates on August 30 for a pre-trial review.

Coroner doubts

A NORTH MP yesterday warned the Government not to waste a golden opportunity to overhaul the 700-year-old coroners' court system amid fears it could leave bereaved families waiting even longer for the answers about the deaths of loved ones.

Berwick MP Alan Beith, chairman of the Commons Constitutional Affairs Committee, has urged ministers to back coroners with a system of national funding, guidance and training. Under the Government's draft Coroners Bill, ministers plan to replace the 111-part-time coroners with 65 full-timers.

Head-on crash

TWO cars collided in a head-on smash on the A1 near Priest Bridge, north of Morpeth, at around 7.20pm last night.

The drivers of a Ford Focus and Citroen Xsara and a passenger suffered only minor injuries and were treated at the scene.

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