A FORMER police officer has been accused of taking part in karate classes while signed off work with a back injury.

Tony Alderman, who will attend a misconduct hearing on March 21 and 22, faces allegations of breaching standards of professional behaviour while he was working as a police officer based at Banbury Police Station last year.

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From May 14 to July 18, Mr Alderman said he could not work due to the injury.

He then returned to work on restricted duties and reduced hours and claimed he couldn't fight or restrain suspects.

But it is alleged Mr Alderman was seen attending karate classes in Banbury on two occasions in July and lifting heavy furniture.

He retired from Thames Valley Police on November 18.