North Wales Police officer to appear in court charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm

Published: 29 Dec 2023

A North Wales Police officer will appear before Caernarfon Magistrates’ Court accused of assaulting a man, following an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).  

PC Richard Williams, aged 42, is due in court on Thursday 4 January, to face charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and non-fatal strangulation. The charges relate to force used during the arrest of a man in Porthmadog.  

The incident took place on 10 May 2023 in the garden of a property in the town. 

The IOPC’s investigation began the same month after a referral was submitted by North Wales Police. At the end of our investigation in November, we sent a file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service, which has since authorised the charges against the officer.

North Wales Police has informed us that the officer remains suspended.

  • North Wales Police
  • Use of force and armed policing