A SERVING Thames Valley Police officer has been accused of ‘emotionally manipulating’ his former partner.

Simon Collins, of Mitchell Way, Milton, first appeared at Milton Keynes Magistrates’ Court on April 17 charged with one count of engaging in controlling/coercive behaviour in an intimate/family relationship.

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The 45-year-old officer is accused of ‘emotionally manipulating’ his former partner and isolating her from friends and family.

He is also accused of monitoring her time both electronically and in person, repeatedly put her down and encouraging her to believe that she was at fault or suffering from mental health problems and threatening to allow her dog to suffer.

Collins is now due at Aylesbury Crown Court on September 5 for a plea and trial preparation hearing.