Teacher attack police win praise

POLICE officers involved in the investigation into an attack on a schoolboy by a Mansfield teacher have been commended.

Science teacher Peter Harvey struck the 14-year-old pupil with a dumbbell after being goaded by his class at All Saints’ School in July 2009.

Officers and support staff who helped with the inquiry have now been praised for their efforts at an awards ceremony.

They were among a number of officers in Nottinghamshire Police’s Homicide, Public Protection and Serious and Organised Crime Units who received commendations for their work on a series of high-profile cases.

Det Chief Supt Ian Waterfield said: “The officers and staff who work in these teams investigate with the most serious offences, such as murder, child abuse and organised crime.

“These offences not only have a massive impact on the direct victims and their families, but also on local communities and the public of Nottinghamshire as a whole.”

Harvey was cleared of attempted murder in May last year and the boy, who cannot be named, has since recovered from the attack.