Upcoming Police Misconduct Hearings 1 Jul 2022 – 14 Jul 2022

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5-Day Summary

Fri 1st July 2022, 1:00pm West Midlands Police Headquarters

DC 5545 Wharmby     –     West Midlands Police,

On 27th March 2022, whilst off duty driving his personal vehicle former Detective Constable Wharmby drove whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol.

On 13.04.2022, he pleaded guilty at court to driving with excess alcohol and was dealt with by way of a 15-month disqualification from driving and a fine.

Standards of Professional Behaviour breached

Fri 1st July 2022, 9:30am Clift Suite, Kent Police, Force Headquarters, Thames Way, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 8BD

Former Officer X     –     Kent Police,

It is alleged that former Officer X assaulted his former partner’s new partner, Mr A.

This followed a verbal altercation between former Officer X and Mr A the previous month.

Former Officer X was arrested for assault, and due to inculpatory evidence suspected to be on his phone in the form of text messages, his personal and work mobile phones were seized and forensically analysed.

Upon analysis, a number of sexually explicit images of himself, taken within the workplace, were revealed on his phone.

Mon 4th July 2022, 9:30am Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

PC Anthony Howe     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Authority, Respect and Courtesy in that his behavior could reasonably be perceived as abusive, oppressive, harassing, bullying or victimising towards a suspect.
Use of Force in that:
ii) He did not honestly or reasonably believe that it was necessary to use force, for any lawful reason.
iii) The level of force he used was more than the minimum amount necessary to achieve the required result.
Duties and Responsibilities in that he:
a. failed to set out full, accurate, or complete details about the force he used against a suspect.
b. failed to complete a Use of Force form.
Discreditable Conduct in that his actions as set out above, or each of them, brought discredit on the police force and/or undermined public confidence in it.

Tue 5th July 2022, 9:30am Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

PC Anthony Howe     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Authority, Respect and Courtesy in that his behavior could reasonably be perceived as abusive, oppressive, harassing, bullying or victimising towards a suspect.
Use of Force in that:
ii) He did not honestly or reasonably believe that it was necessary to use force, for any lawful reason.
iii) The level of force he used was more than the minimum amount necessary to achieve the required result.
Duties and Responsibilities in that he:
a. failed to set out full, accurate, or complete details about the force he used against a suspect.
b. failed to complete a Use of Force form.
Discreditable Conduct in that his actions as set out above, or each of them, brought discredit on the police force and/or undermined public confidence in it.

Tue 5th July 2022, 10:00am West Midlands Police Headquarters

Former PC McKitterick     –     West Midlands Police,

Former PC McKitterick used inappropriate and unwanted language towards female colleagues.

He initiated and engaged in physical contact with the officers which was inappropriate and in some cases unwanted and/or offensive.

The officer’s language or behavior towards the female officers was of a sexualized nature.

Tue 5th July 2022, 4:00pm West Yorkshire Police HQ

SC Andrew Widdop     –     West Midlands,

It is alleged that former Special Constable Andrew Widdop misused police computer systems on a number of occasions between 26th October 2019 and 26th January 2021, whereby he:

1.    Accessed crime occurrences that he had reported in an off-duty capacity, and in one instance viewed suspect images prior to making a witness statement in relation to the matter.
2.    Made checks and viewed information recorded on police systems in relation to a partner and a former partner without a policing purpose.
3.    Made checks and viewed information recorded on police systems in relation to a partner’s former partner without a policing purpose.

Tue 5th July 2022, (time not published) Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP

DC 12106 Lee Cunliffe     –     Greater Manchester Police,

No further information has been provided by the force into the circumstances of the alleged breaches.

NOTE: DC Lee Cunliffe was jailed for 8 yrs 4mths after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to arrange/facilitate the commission of a child sex offense, three counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, one count of distributing an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, one count of misconduct in a public office and one count of perverting the course of justice. Three other charges were ordered to lie on file.

DC 12106 Lee Cunliffe will answer allegations that his conduct amounts to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Honesty and Integrity, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct contrary to the Police

Hearings List (14 days)

Fri 1st July 2022, 1:00pm

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DC 5545 Wharmby     –     West Midlands Police,

West Midlands Police Headquarters

Alleged Breaches

  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 27th March 2022, whilst off duty driving his personal vehicle former Detective Constable Wharmby drove whilst over the prescribed limit for alcohol.

On 13.04.2022, he pleaded guilty at court to driving with excess alcohol and was dealt with by way of a 15-month disqualification from driving and a fine.

Standards of Professional Behaviour breached

Fri 1st July 2022, 9:30am

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Former Officer X     –     Kent Police,

Clift Suite, Kent Police, Force Headquarters, Thames Way, Northfleet, Gravesend, Kent DA11 8BD

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Use of force
  • Orders and instructions
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that former Officer X assaulted his former partner’s new partner, Mr A.

This followed a verbal altercation between former Officer X and Mr A the previous month.

Former Officer X was arrested for assault, and due to inculpatory evidence suspected to be on his phone in the form of text messages, his personal and work mobile phones were seized and forensically analysed.

Upon analysis, a number of sexually explicit images of himself, taken within the workplace, were revealed on his phone.

Mon 4th July 2022, 9:30am

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PC Anthony Howe     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Use of force
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Authority, Respect and Courtesy in that his behavior could reasonably be perceived as abusive, oppressive, harassing, bullying or victimising towards a suspect.
Use of Force in that:
ii) He did not honestly or reasonably believe that it was necessary to use force, for any lawful reason.
iii) The level of force he used was more than the minimum amount necessary to achieve the required result.
Duties and Responsibilities in that he:
a. failed to set out full, accurate, or complete details about the force he used against a suspect.
b. failed to complete a Use of Force form.
Discreditable Conduct in that his actions as set out above, or each of them, brought discredit on the police force and/or undermined public confidence in it.

Tue 5th July 2022, 9:30am

View on Misconduct 999

PC Anthony Howe     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Use of force
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Authority, Respect and Courtesy in that his behavior could reasonably be perceived as abusive, oppressive, harassing, bullying or victimising towards a suspect.
Use of Force in that:
ii) He did not honestly or reasonably believe that it was necessary to use force, for any lawful reason.
iii) The level of force he used was more than the minimum amount necessary to achieve the required result.
Duties and Responsibilities in that he:
a. failed to set out full, accurate, or complete details about the force he used against a suspect.
b. failed to complete a Use of Force form.
Discreditable Conduct in that his actions as set out above, or each of them, brought discredit on the police force and/or undermined public confidence in it.

Tue 5th July 2022, 10:00am

View on Misconduct 999

Former PC McKitterick     –     West Midlands Police,

West Midlands Police Headquarters

Alleged Breaches

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Equality and diversity
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

Former PC McKitterick used inappropriate and unwanted language towards female colleagues.

He initiated and engaged in physical contact with the officers which was inappropriate and in some cases unwanted and/or offensive.

The officer’s language or behavior towards the female officers was of a sexualized nature.

Tue 5th July 2022, 4:00pm

View on Misconduct 999

SC Andrew Widdop     –     West Midlands,

West Yorkshire Police HQ

Alleged Breaches

  • Orders and instructions
  • Confidentiality

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that former Special Constable Andrew Widdop misused police computer systems on a number of occasions between 26th October 2019 and 26th January 2021, whereby he:

1.    Accessed crime occurrences that he had reported in an off-duty capacity, and in one instance viewed suspect images prior to making a witness statement in relation to the matter.
2.    Made checks and viewed information recorded on police systems in relation to a partner and a former partner without a policing purpose.
3.    Made checks and viewed information recorded on police systems in relation to a partner’s former partner without a policing purpose.

Tue 5th July 2022, (time not published)

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DC 12106 Lee Cunliffe     –     Greater Manchester Police,

Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

No further information has been provided by the force into the circumstances of the alleged breaches.

NOTE: DC Lee Cunliffe was jailed for 8 yrs 4mths after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to arrange/facilitate the commission of a child sex offense, three counts of making an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, one count of distributing an indecent photograph/pseudo-photograph of a child, one count of misconduct in a public office and one count of perverting the course of justice. Three other charges were ordered to lie on file.

DC 12106 Lee Cunliffe will answer allegations that his conduct amounts to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Honesty and Integrity, Duties and Responsibilities and Discreditable Conduct contrary to the Police

Wed 6th July 2022, 9:30am

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PC Harrison Gray     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Rd, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Equality and diversity
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On the evening of 14 October 2020 PC Harrison Gray was part of a social gathering when he was alleged to have used discriminatory language.

The identity of victims and witnesses will be protected during the hearing as appropriate.

Wed 6th July 2022, (time not published)

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PC Charlie Merritt     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 13 February 2022, whilst off duty, former PC Merrit was present at a house party attended by his friends and whilst there became involved in an altercation with another male. This concluded with former PC Merritt assaulting that male.

On 4 April 2022 following an investigation by Essex Police, former PC Merritt was charged with the offence of assault by beating contrary to Section 39 of the Criminal Justice Act 1988.

On 5 May 2022, at Basildon Magistrates Court, former PC Merritt pleaded guilty to the offence and was convicted and ordered to pay a fine of £640.00, compensation of £100.00, victim services of £64.00 and costs of £105.00 (a total of £909.00).

Thu 7th July 2022, 9:30am

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PC Harrison Gray     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Rd, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Equality and diversity
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On the evening of 14 October 2020 PC Harrison Gray was part of a social gathering when he was alleged to have used discriminatory language.

The identity of victims and witnesses will be protected during the hearing as appropriate.

Thu 7th July 2022, 9:00am

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PC 1351 John Edmunds     –     Northamptonshire Police,

Northamptonshire Police at Force Headquarters

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in private.

Note: The Chair has determined that parts of the hearing will be held in private.

It is alleged that the officer concerned:

Between September 2019 and December 2020 he failed to be diligent in the exercise of his duties by progressing the investigation into the alleged offenses in a timely fashion;
Between September 2019 and December 2020 he failed to be diligent in the exercise of his duties in that he failed, without reasonable excuse, to take a statement from a named witness;
In or about December 2020 he failed to be open and honest with his supervisor in that he made the following false statement to him:
In or around December 2020, that he had tried to contact with the witness on the and December 2 and 3, 2020 but had not received a response from him;

Fri 8th July 2022, 9:30am

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PC Harrison Gray     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Rd, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Equality and diversity
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On the evening of 14 October 2020 PC Harrison Gray was part of a social gathering when he was alleged to have used discriminatory language.

The identity of victims and witnesses will be protected during the hearing as appropriate.

Fri 8th July 2022, 2:00pm

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PC 14803 Philip Smith     –     Greater Manchester Police,

Greater Manchester Police Force Headquarters, Central Park, Northampton Road, Manchester, M40 5BP

Alleged Breaches

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Orders and instructions
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

No further information has been provided by the force into the circumstances of the alleged breaches.

NOTE:  The hearing relates to a conviction of common assault after PC smith repeatedly discharged his taser on a man who at a time posed no danger to anyone.

PC 14803 Philip Smith will answer allegations that his conduct amounts to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for (i) Use of force; (ii) Discreditable Conduct; (iii) Authority, Respect and Courtesy, and (iv) Orders and Instructions. contrary to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012.

Fri 8th July 2022, 9:00am

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PC 1351 John Edmunds     –     Northamptonshire Police,

Northamptonshire Police at Force Headquarters

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in private.

Note: The Chair has determined that parts of the hearing will be held in private.

It is alleged that the officer concerned:

Between September 2019 and December 2020 he failed to be diligent in the exercise of his duties by progressing the investigation into the alleged offenses in a timely fashion;
Between September 2019 and December 2020 he failed to be diligent in the exercise of his duties in that he failed, without reasonable excuse, to take a statement from a named witness;
In or about December 2020 he failed to be open and honest with his supervisor in that he made the following false statement to him:
In or around December 2020, that he had tried to contact with the witness on the and December 2 and 3, 2020 but had not received a response from him;

Tue 12th July 2022, 9:00am

View on Misconduct 999

PC Doug Campbell     –     Sussex Police,

Sussex Police Headquarters

Alleged Breaches

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that he became involved in a series of exchanges during a football match on the 25th July 2021 that amounted to discreditable conduct and a failure to show authority, respect, and courtesy.

Wed 13th July 2022, 10:00am

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Unnamed Police Officer     –     Staffordshire Police,

Police Headquarters, Block 7, Conference Room 7

Alleged Breaches (No further information has been provided by the force into the circumstances of the alleged breaches.)

The hearing is to be held in public.

t is alleged that the officer concerned has over a period of time used inappropriate sexualised language and sexual innuendo to female colleagues, many of whom have been junior to the officer concerned or for whom they had supervisory responsibility. Some of the comments made by the officer concerned were made on duty and within the workplace. On other occasions, the comments have been made off duty using social media and text messages. In some instances, the officer concerned has sent messages to female colleagues late at night.

The conduct as alleged above is a breach of the Authority, Respect and Courtesy standard, a standard which requires officers to act with self-control, treating members of the public and colleagues with respect and courtesy.

Wed 13th July 2022, 9:30am

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PC James Clayman     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 25 February 2021 PC James Clayman conducted a PNC (Police National Computer) check on a vehicle and further four PNC driver enquiries. He was shown as self-certified sick on the day in question. There was no justifiable policing purpose for any of the intelligence checks he carried out on MPS systems.

On Monday 1 March 2021 PC Clayman conducted one PNC check on a vehicle. He was on annual leave when the check was conducted and there was no justifiable policing purpose for carrying out the check.

On 2 April 2021, PC Clayman conducted three PNC person checks and a vehicle check. He also conducted one IIP (Integrated Information Platform) check on a vehicle and two further PNC driver enquiry checks. PC Clayman was on a rest day when the checks were conducted and there was no justifiable policing purpose for any of the checks.

Wed 13th July 2022, 9:00am

View on Misconduct 999

PC Doug Campbell     –     Sussex Police,

Sussex Police Headquarters

Alleged Breaches

  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

It is alleged that he became involved in a series of exchanges during a football match on the 25th July 2021 that amounted to discreditable conduct and a failure to show authority, respect, and courtesy.

Thu 14th July 2022, 10:00am

View on Misconduct 999

PC Steven Martin     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Rd, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Use of force
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 28 February 2021, PC Martin was on duty when he was alleged to have been involved in the assault of a detained male by punching him to the face and using abusive language towards him.

On 11 January 2022 at Westminster Magistrates Court, PC Martin plead guilty to an offence of Common Assault (Battery). He was sentenced to a curfew order for 14 weeks and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

Thu 14th July 2022, (time not published)

View on Misconduct 999

PC Steve Martin     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lille Road, London SW6 1TR

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Authority, respect and courtesy
  • Use of force
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 28 February 2021, PC Martin was on duty when he was alleged to have been involved in the assault of a detained male by punching him to the face and using abusive language towards him.

On 11 January 2022 at Westminster Magistrates Court, PC Martin plead guilty to an offence of Common Assault (Battery). He was sentenced to a curfew order for 14 weeks and ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

Thu 14th July 2022, 9:30am

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PC James Clayman     –     Metropolitan Police Service,

Empress State Building, Lillie Road, SW6, London

Alleged Breaches

  • Honesty and integrity
  • Duties and responsibilities
  • Conduct

The hearing is to be held in public.

On 25 February 2021 PC James Clayman conducted a PNC (Police National Computer) check on a vehicle and further four PNC driver enquiries. He was shown as self-certified sick on the day in question. There was no justifiable policing purpose for any of the intelligence checks he carried out on MPS systems.

On Monday 1 March 2021 PC Clayman conducted one PNC check on a vehicle. He was on annual leave when the check was conducted and there was no justifiable policing purpose for carrying out the check.

On 2 April 2021, PC Clayman conducted three PNC person checks and a vehicle check. He also conducted one IIP (Integrated Information Platform) check on a vehicle and two further PNC driver enquiry checks. PC Clayman was on a rest day when the checks were conducted and there was no justifiable policing purpose for any of the checks.

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