Essex

Kyle Brooks A12 death: Officers sacked over road search 'lies'

A12 near Hatfield Peverel Image copyright Google
Image caption Kyle Brooks was killed on the northbound carriageway near Hatfield Peverel

Two police officers have been dismissed for lying in connection with the death of a 28-year-old pedestrian.

Kyle Brooks, from Harlow, was struck by vehicles on the A12 near Hatfield Peverel in October 2014.

Stanway-based PC Joanne Jeggo and PC John Simpson attended after reports came in of a man walking on the road.

The two officers had made false statements about seeking more information about the man's whereabouts, a misconduct panel heard.

The independent panel, headed by Neil Dalton, found the officers' conduct in relation to the search for Mr Brooks amounted to misconduct.

And the officers' response to the allegations, which included statements that were determined not to be true, amounted to gross misconduct, the panel ruled.

'Exemplary records'

After the hearing, Mark Gilmartin, director of support services at both Essex and Kent Police, said: "These officers responded to a call and carried out a search but failed to find a man reported to be walking on one of the main roads in the county.

"The panel heard strong evidence of the officers' previous exemplary records and the panel were left in no doubt that they were highly regarded by their line managers and peers.

"They have been dismissed because they were found to have lied."

The Independent Police Complaints Commission said: "Our investigation found evidence to suggest PC Joanne Jeggo and PC John Simpson had lied in written statements they made in relation to why they had not searched a stretch of the A12 that night."

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