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Police officer dismissed after gross misconduct

A Dorset police officer has been immediately dismissed after breaching professional standards.

Police Constable Kenneth Walmsley admitted using a police pool car for personal use and improperly using the police computer information system.

He also used a police fuel card to refuel the vehicle.

A misconduct hearing found that the officer had breached the standards of professional behaviour for police relating to orders and instructions, confidentiality, discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity.

The hearing was told that PC Walmsley had since repaid all the money that was charged to the fuel card.

PC Walmsley also admitted searching for information relating to family members on the Dorset Police computer information system, which is a breach of Force policy.

He did not disclose the information he obtained from the searches to anybody else.

“Police officers have to adhere to the highest standards of both professional and personal behaviour."

“Members of the public quite rightly expect the core value of honesty and integrity to be upheld and demonstrated by officers within the police service. By abiding to this standard, officers gain and maintain the trust of the public, which is essential to policing our local communities."

“I recognise that PC Walmsley served Dorset Police for more than 15 years prior to these incidents and showed remorse for his actions, which he fully admitted. However, it remains the case that his behaviour saw him fall below the standard expected of officers and took place over a period of several months."

“I agree with the panel’s view that it would be untenable that an officer who has behaved in this way can continue to hold a position within the Force.”

– Deputy Chief Constable James Vaughan

Man jailed for hitting police officer in Worthing

A man has been jailed for 10 years after striking a police officer several times over the head with a baton.

Ross McPherson, 24, of Teville Road, Worthing, was found guilty of committing attempted grevious bodily harm with intent and affray on 4 December last year.

The court heard there was a joint operation between Sussex Police and British Transport Police into bike thefts and drug crimes around Worthing railway station. During a routine stop check, McPherson was stopped but became verbally abusive and threatening towards three police officers.

Ross McPherson has been jailed for ten years Credit: ITV Meridian

He was sprayed with Captor spray but continued to be aggressive. As an officer went to draw his baton, he dropped it during a tussle with McPherson and it landed at his feet. McPherson picked up the baton and took a swing at two women police officers narrowly missing their heads and upper bodies.

He then chased two police officers up the street with the baton.More plain clothed officers came from the station to assist the Sussex officers and one of them was struck on the head a number of times with the police baton. Fortunately he did not receive severe injures.

McPherson was eventually stopped and arrested.

He went on trial last week at Woolwich Crown Court and after a five-days was found guilty of the two charges and sentenced.


Sussex police officer killed in motorbike accident

A motorcyclist who died in a collision near Ditchling on Tuesday has been named as Neil Crouch from Scaynes Hill.

Neil, a serving Sussex Police officer based at Gatwick, died at the scene after his motorbike was in collision with a Ford Focus and a Daihatsu Charade on the B2112 Common Lane, just south of the junction with the B2113 Folders Lane.

He was off duty at the time. The occupants of the two cars were uninjured.

Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to call Sussex Police on 101 quoting Operation Motcombe.