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Police officer from Northern Ireland on rape charges

BY CHRIS KILPATRICK

A police officer from Northern Ireland has been accused of raping a woman while attending a training course.

Detective Nicholas Doherty has been suspended from duty pending ongoing criminal proceedings.

The 41-year-old, originally from Coleraine, Co Londonderry, faces two charges of rape, one of assaulting a woman and a further charge of attempted rape.

Doherty's address was given as Powerful Street, Walney, Barrow-in-Furness.

A court was told the charges relate to an alleged incident in February 2012 while Doherty, a serving officer with Cumbria Police, attended a training course in Warwickshire.

He is accused of raping a woman in a hotel room in Stratford-upon-Avon.

He is further charged with indecent assault, which is alleged to have taken place in Cumbria in 1999.

The police officer denies all of the charges.

Doherty was granted bail at Warwickshire Justice Centre in Leamington.

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