Lying Essex Police constable who attacked boy is sacked

A police constable who assaulted a 14-year-old boy in Essex and later lied about what happened has been sacked.

A misconduct hearing was told the 39-year-old officer, based at Chelmsford police station, used "excessive and unnecessary force" against the boy.

The PC had argued with youths in Chelmer Village and grabbed the boy's neck before pushing him into a bush.

His lies amounted to "discreditable conduct and failure to act with honesty and integrity", the hearing decided.

'Only appropriate outcome'

The officer, who Essex Police have not named, had been on restricted duties since the assault in October 2012.

Assistant Chief Constable Julia Wortley decided to dismiss the officer from his post and the force but said this could be subject to an appeal.

Ms Wortley said: "On this occasion the officer's conduct fell significantly below that which is expected by Essex Police and to retain his services could only serve to undermine public confidence in the force.

"Accordingly, the panel was of the view that the only appropriate outcome in this case was to dismiss the officer without notice.

"I would like to thank the victim in this case and a number of young people who willingly gave their time to give evidence throughout the investigation and the misconduct hearing."

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