A CLEVELAND Police officer will go on trial next year after pleading not guilty to two charges of corruption.

Robert Coffey is charged with two counts of corrupt/improper exercise of police powers and privileges by a constable.

Teesside Crown Court heard the allegations relate to his failure to investigate a claim of assault between March 22 and 25, 2019 at Hartlepool.

On March 24, 2019, it's alleged the defendant falsified an entry on a police incident log.

During a short hearing at the court, Coffey was told that the earliest date that could be found for the trial would be November 22 next year.

Judge Stephen Ashurst said: "The purpose of this short hearing today is for you to enter your pleas and the court to put in place steps for the trial to take place."

The 34-year-old was released on unconditional bail until his next court appearance.