A policewoman has appeared in court charged with a racial attack against her neighbour.
PC Lesley Strachan, 40, was arrested by colleagues after allegedly entering her victim's home while off-duty and assaulting her.
Strachan is accused of pushing Kathleen Reid, 43, repeatedly before punching and slapping her repeatedly on the head.
The attack in Saltcoats, Ayrshire, on Sunday, July 15, is said to have been aggravated by racial prejudice.
Strachan denied a charge of assault after appearing from custody at Kilmarnock Sheriff Court.
She was freed on bail and faces trial at a later date.
A spokeswoman for Strathclyde Police said: "A 40-year-old police officer appeared in court in relation to an alleged assault on a 43-year-old woman in Ardrossan.
"The officer is not currently suspended from duty and a report will be sent to the Deputy Chief Constable for consideration."
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