Police officer dismissed for assault on a woman

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A police officer was yesterday dismissed without notice by a gross misconduct board.

In February PC James Kiddie was found guilty of common assault on a woman in a Regent Street shop on November 26 2012.

He appealed against that conviction in April 2014 but the Judge upheld the Magistrate’s findings.

Westminster Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett said: “Police officers join the Met to protect and serve the public and I was extremely shocked to learn and indeed see what happened.”

“Where an officer’s behaviour falls short of the very high standards that we and the public expect of them, then it is only right that they are held to account and PC Kiddie has paid for his actions today.

“Behaviour such as this casts a shadow over the thousands of officers who are on duty right now demonstrating bravery, compassion, integrity and professionalism.”

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