A police spokesman said the decision not to lay a criminal charge was based on the fact the assaults were minor, the victims did not wish to pursue formal charges, and had considered how police would deal with the same situation if it had involved members of the public.
In Richards' case, it was a relatively significant assault, committed in full view of numerous Police officers. The victim laid a formal complaint with the Police, but to our knowledge, Richards, a trade unionist and Labour Party member was never charged. The trainee copper can thank Richards for the precedent he set in "how police would deal with the same situation if it had involved members of the public"!!