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Former Essex police officer who tried to meet teenage boy found guilty of gross misconduct

Essex Police say they would have had no hesitation in dismissing Jonathan Davies-Brewin. Credit: ITV News Anglia

A former Essex Police officer who admitted trying to meet up with a 15-year-old boy has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Jonathan Davies-Brewin, 50, thought he was talking to the boy on a dating app, but it turned out to be a vigilante paedophile hunter.

They arranged to meet in Braintree where Davies-Brewin was arrested. He was handed a nine-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, back in January.

Following a special misconduct hearing, Essex Police have now confirmed they would have sacked him had he not already resigned from his role.

As a result of the hearing, Davies-Brewin will be prevented from working for any other police force in the country.

“I demand the highest level of conduct from my officers and Jonathan Davies-Brewin’s actions have fallen well below what I expect," Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said.

“I believe I have some of the best officers in the country here in Essex and Davies-Brewin’s behaviour is not, and should not, be a reflection on them.

“He may have already resigned but it was important this misconduct process took place.

“The outcome and sanction we have agreed on means he will be placed on the barred list and won’t be able to work for another force anywhere in the country.”