Terror cop in court accused of Bonnybridge assaults

Bonnybridge Social Club where the alleged assaults took place
Bonnybridge Social Club where the alleged assaults took place

A top anti-terrorist police officer will face trial next month accused of assaulting three people at a social club.

Detective Chief Inspector Hugh Bleakley, head of operations for Police Scotland’s counter-terrorism unit, faces five charges - three of assault, including one on a police officer; a fourth of using threatening and abusive behaviour; and a fifth of resisting police.

The offences are alleged to have been committed at the Bonnybridge Social Club on the night of the February 21/22 this year.

It is alleged that Bleakley (51), from East Kilbride, assaulted James Craig by punching him on the head, and another man, Thomas Tolmie, by striking him on the head with his elbow.

He is further accused of behaving in a threatening and abusive manner at the club and on his way to Falkirk Police Office.

The senior policeman, who was excused from appearing in person at a preliminary hearing at Falkirk Sheriff Court today, is also accused of assaulting a police constable by punching him on the head and body.

Defence agent Simon Hutchison told the court that that Bleakely continued to deny all the charges.

Sheriff John Mundy set trial for October 21.