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Officer dismissed after being found guilty of criminal damage and assault

News   •   Aug 22, 2017 17:17 BST

A police constable has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service having previously been found guilty of criminal damage and assault.

PC David Gray, attached to the Met’s Flying Squad, attended a special case hearing as he had a case to answer that his conduct amounted to a breach of standards of professional behaviour, in respect of discreditable conduct and respect and courtesy.

On Friday, 7 April PC Gray was found guilty at Westminster Magistrates' Court of criminal damage and assault followed an incident on Friday, 24 June 2016. The officer was involved in an altercation with another driver during a manoeuvre to pass a bus along St Margaret's Road, Twickenham and consequently spat at the member of the public.

PC Gray was sentenced to pay a total of £2,520 in fines and costs.

Having considered all of the evidence provided by the appropriate authority and from the officer, the chair of the hearing Assistant Commissioner Pat Gallan determined the case as proven on Thursday, 17 August.

AC Gallan said: "The nature of PC Gray's criminal conviction is such that it undermines the confidence the public has a right to demand of its police service to be treated with authority, respect and courtesy which is critical to policing London effectively.

"PC Gray's conduct on the day was so discreditable that it has resulted in a criminal conviction. In addition the public at large has the right to demand the highest standards of its police service."

PC Gray was dismissed without notice.