Lancashire PCSO found guilty of assaulting girlfriend

ASSAULT: PCSO Andrew Curry
ASSAULT: PCSO Andrew Curry
  • Village bobby Andrew Curry appeared to be a pillar of the community
  • The ex-soldier was really a sex-obsessed woman-beater, a court heard
  • The 49-year-old’s career with Lancashire Police lies in tatters
  • He was found guilty of assaulting a mother-of-two from Preston with whom he was having an affair, four times in the space of 11 days

Village bobby Andrew Curry appeared to be a pillar of the community.

But behind the uniform, the ex-soldier was really a sex-obsessed woman-beater, a court heard.

Your behaviour was controlling, bullying and degrading to this woman. She was entitled to protection, but she got domestic abuse instead.

Judge Jeff Brailsford

Now the 49-year-old’s career with Lancashire Police lies in tatters after he was found guilty of assaulting a mother-of-two from Preston with whom he was having an affair, four times in the space of 11 days.

PCSO Curry has been ordered to appear before a force disciplinary hearing on July 30 at which, according to his defence lawyer, he will either be fired or resign.

Handing down a suspended prison sentence, District Judge Jeff Brailsford told him: “Your behaviour was controlling, bullying and degrading to this woman. She was entitled to protection, but she got domestic abuse instead.

“By virtue of you employment you should have known better.”

Curry, whose beat included villages around Chorley, was a well-respected officer who won a commendation for bravery, helped his rural community and was a regular at parish council meetings.

But the other side of his character was painted in graphic detail to a court in Blackpool.

Judge Brailsford heard how Curry, who was then living in Preston, had a two-year affair with his victim during which he taunted her with stories about his sexual exploits with other women, one of them a fellow officer, court heard.

However, in January this year the affair started to crumble and Curry assaulted his victim on four separate occasions, firstly pushing her over in the hall and then shoving her over a settee. Later he flung her to the floor in the kitchen and threw a drainer at her, cutting her head.

In her evidence, the victim said: “He was controlling me because of his job with the police. He said I was spoiling what he called ‘his perfect life’.”

Prosecutor Alison Quanbrough accused Curry of using his victim: “She is 10 years younger and you thought she was putting it on a plate for you and you lapped it up. You knew she was vulnerable and you abused that.”

In her victim impact statement, his victim said:” I am utterly devastated about what has happened. It has affected every aspect of my life.”

Patrick Williamson, defending, said: ”These acts were totally out of character and my client will either resign from his job or be sacked. He is considering taking up a job as an HGV driver in Scotland.

“He feels remorse, regret and shame at the loss of what had been exemplary character.”

The judge jailed Curry, of Elmwood, Chorley, for 18 weeks, suspended for a year. He must undergo a rehabilitation programme and do 100 hours’ unpaid work for the community. He was also made the subject of a one-year restraining order which forbids him from any contact with the victim.

A Lancashire Police spokesman said: “This matter is subject to internal disciplinary procedures and therefore it would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”