Former Mr Gay UK Leeds police officer quits after assault appeal is dropped

Mark Carter.
Mark Carter.
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A DISGRACED West Yorkshire Police officer has quit the force over his conviction for attacking a man in a bar.

Mark Carter confirmed he had officially resigned from his 11-year career on the beat after dropping his appeal over the conviction for the headbutt attack in the toilets of a popular gay club.

Carter - a former Mr Gay UK - told the YEP: “It is the right decision, for all parties, for me to offer my resignation to West Yorkshire Police.”

Cater was suspended from duty after being convicted of assault by beating after a trial before magistrates in November last year.

A court heard how Carter had now dropped the appeal after being told by West Yorkshire Police that they would be seeking to dismiss him over his conduct regardless of the outcome of the hearing.

Carter’s barrister Richard Veni told Manchester Crown Court: “He was technically, and still is, a police officer of 11 years and he has resigned with immediate effect, leaving him unemployed.”

“The appeal was abandoned because he received notice from the police that they would seek to dismiss him in any event, regardless of the appeal.”

Carter attacked the victim in the toilets at the Thompson’s Arms. The victim was a man Carter had been friends with on Facebook.

Carter, of Moor Lane, Gomersal, was made the subject of a 12 month community order and told to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work.

After the case Carter told the YEP that the past few years of life “have been turbulent to say the least” and that now is the right time for him to quit the force.

The PC, who has never been far from the headlines in his 11-year career, told this newspaper that “now it is the right decision, for all parties, for me to offer my resignation to West Yorkshire Police”.

He added: “It has taken a lot of strength and courage to walk away from an established career. I believe I have always done my best in a career I enjoyed.

“I have worked with some great people who I will miss.”

After the hearing in which his appeal against his sentence for assault was dropped, Carter spoke exclusively to the YEP of his decision to quit.

He said: “It is now time for me to move on with life my life. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all those who have supported me, particularly my friends and family who have all walked this journey with me.”

In 2006 Carter won national attention when he was crowned Mr Gay UK, the first police officer to do so.

In June 2011 he was back in the headlines again when he was cleared of charges of raping a man and carrying out two sexual assaults. A jury returned not guilty verdicts on two rape and two sex assault charges alleged to have happened after a police Christmas night out in Leeds city centre in 2009.

Carter told the jury he believed the 22-year-old complainant had willingly gone back with him to the hotel to have sex.

Following the sex charge acquittals, Carter was then charged with possessing the anabolic steroid stanozolol. He was due to face a further trial but the CPS discontinued that case after accepting his account that the use of the drug was for a medicinal purpose.