Chief Inspector assaulted party-goer

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A senior police officer assaulted two people at a private party, a court has heard.

Kevin Richard Boyce, 53, was chief inspector of West Lancashire at the time of the assault on March 16, last year.

His own officers were called to the disturbance at the Best Western Lancashire Manor Hotel in Prescott Road, Skelsmersdale.

Boyce retired from the force a short time later.

He was found guilty after a trial at St Helens Magistrates’ Court and ordered to pay £150 compensation to one victim, £100 to another, and £1,200 costs.

A Lancashire Constabulary spokesman said: “We expect the highest standards of our officers and staff, both on and off duty, and Mr Boyce’s behaviour on this occasion fell below that expected standard.”

Merseyside-born Boyce started his career at the Metropolitan Police in 1983, before transferring to Lancashire in 1986.

He worked as a sergeant in West Lancashire from 1991 until 1996 before moving onto roles in

Rossendale, Blackpool and at the force’s HQ in Hutton. He transferred back to West Lancashire as the area’s chief inspector in 2012.

He had lived in Tolsey Drive, Hutton, yards away from the force HQ and was head coach of Hutton Rugby Club, but left the club around a year ago.