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Two police officers dismissed for gross misconduct

Essex Police Credit: ITV News Anglia

Essex Police have dismissed two officers for gross misconduct.

The officers, who were based at Braintree, were dismissed following a four-day hearing before a panel chaired by Assistant Chief Constable Maurice Mason. They were found to have breached standards of behaviour in relation to honesty and integrity, discreditable conduct and duties and responsibilities.

Both officers were found to have failed in their duties when they attended a domestic abuse incident in August 2014.

The panel accepted that both officers had failed to fully investigate an allegation of assault and subsequently, false information was recorded on the matter.

One of the officers was found to have been in breach of standards for failing to apply for a business interest when he bought and sold a number of car parts using an on-line auction site. The panel also agreed that he had abused his position by using information obtained while on duty to buy a vehicle and sell it at an apparent profit and then recorded false information on the vehicle registration document.

Both officers were dismissed without notice when the panel announced their decisions on Thursday May 21.

ACC Mason said:

Essex Police has strived for a number of years to improve our service to victims of domestic abuse and it will not tolerate officers who fail to meet the standard of service to vulnerable victims. The panel found that both officers failed to investigate an allegation of domestic abuse therefore letting down a vulnerable victim. Consequently the panel was in agreement that both officers were to be dismissed without notice.”

– ACC Mason


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Police have released fresh CCTV images of missing Hertford man Brian Bryne.

The 58-year-old was last seen at his home address on May 7.

He was captured on CCTV filling up his Vauxhall Combo van at the Tesco petrol station in Oldings Corner, Hatfield, at around 7am that day.

His van was later located in Crownfield in Nazeing, Essex, on Wednesday, May 13 following a call from a member of the public, however Brian has still not been found.

Following the discovery of his van, an extensive search of the Lea Valley Park area has been carried out over the past week, involving around 50 officers and 150 volunteers from across the country.

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Chief Superintendent Michael Gallagher, borough commander for Brent said: "Our concern chiefly is for the safety and security of residents and people using businesses in that locality....which includes several iconic premises."

"I'm pleased to say that the operation itself has run incredibly smoothly. The public and the business community have been very calm and mature about their response to this.

"It's very very difficult to put a tight timescale around this...the army bomb disposal unit have various phases in an operation of this type. The main phase as far as making the bomb safe will only really be concluded once the bomb has been detonated."

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Club chairman Darragh MacAnthony told the club's website:

The new management team are well aware I yearn for winning a title, yearn for healthy cup runs, yearn for goals galore and ultimately to be entertained with the style of football we play. The club has invested nearly £200k in a new pitch for the upcoming season, one I’m told will be up there with the best of them and with our recruitment process well under way, I have no doubt success will follow and next season could and should indeed be one of our best yet.

– Darragh MacAnthony
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