A POLICE officer who was charged with unlawful and malicious wounding after a 16-year-old football fan was injured during ugly clashes in Barnsley town centre will appear at court later this month.

Violence on Midland Street in the town centre marred Barnsley’s South Yorkshire derby clash against Sheffield Wednesday - which ended in a 2-2 draw - on February 8.

PC William Sampson, 26, appeared at Leeds Magistrates’ Court this week following a probe by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

Sampson, from Chapeltown, will next appear at Leeds Crown Court on December 30 where he will enter a plea.