A West Yorkshire Police staff member, Matthew Oxby, aged 48, entered a guilty plea today at court for a charge of sexual assault. The incident occurred in Wakefield city centre in December 2022, where he was accused of sexually assaulting a female.

Appearing before Magistrates in Leeds, Matthew Oxby admitted his offence and received a fine of £800. Additionally, he was ordered to pay £200 in compensation, a £320 surcharge, and £85 in costs.

Expressing disappointment, Detective Chief Superintendent Nicola Bryar, from West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Directorate, commented on the case, stating, “The actions of Matthew Oxby fall well below what we expect from our employees, both on and off duty. We are dedicated to safeguarding women and girls from violence and sexual assault. No one should tolerate or anticipate being treated in such a manner while out at night.”

In the wake of this court case, a misconduct investigation will be initiated regarding this staff member. Matthew Oxby remains suspended from duty pending the outcome of the investigation.