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South Yorks officer found dead

An officer charged with assaulting a 16-year-old football fan has been found dead.

A South Yorkshire officer accused of assaulting a football fan has been found dead.

The force confirmed PC Richard Sampson, 28, known as Billy, had been found at a house in Leeds on Friday. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

PC Sampson was accused of wounding a 16-year-old Sheffield Wednesday fan in a street in Barnsley in February 2020.

He had been due to stand trial next month over the incident and had pleaded not guilty.

He was charged following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct after footage of the incident was shared on social media and the force referred it to the IOPC.  

In a statement, the force said: “We are incredibly saddened by news of Billy’s death.

“Our thoughts remain with Billy’s family and loved ones and they will be offered our full support.”

The force’s Federation also issued a statement of condolence.

Chairman Steve Kent said: “On behalf of colleagues, all of our thoughts are with Billy’s family, friends and colleagues at this time.”

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