Attending Hearings

If you wish to attend a hearing

If you wish to attend, you must book your place in advance by sending an e-mail to in order to register your interest. In the e-mail you must provide:

- Your full name
- Date of birth 
- Home address
- The date of the hearing you wish to attend
- T
he name of the person involved.

Any interested members of the media must also register attendance as outlined above. Media enquiries should be directed to the Media Relations Team at Police Headquarters.

Successful observers will receive a return email which will include information what to do next.

Attending a hearing

The hearing allows for 20 observers to attend, allocation will be on a first come basis. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in your e-mail so we can ensure your needs are met.

Upon attending the location of the hearing, you will be required to present photographic identification, for example a driving licence or passport.

You will not be allowed admittance unless you have pre-registered. We reserve the right to restrict entry.

No filming, audio recording or taking of photographs of the proceedings is permitted.

Water will be provided during the hearing.

Forthcoming Hearings

Three Days

Dates & times:
Monday 10th – Wednesday 12th July 2017
10.30 – 16.00

Sergeant 2823 Neil Whitehead

Northumbria Police Hearing Venue
Old Magistrates Court
Houghton Police Station
Dairy Lane
Houghton Le Spring

In relation to:
Summary of the Alleged Conduct:

It is alleged that on the 18th December 2016 the officer, whilst off duty, assaulted a member of the
public, in particular, a taxi driver who had agreed to receive the officer and another in his taxi as
passengers and to transport them home from Newcastle City Centre.

It is alleged that the officer’s conduct breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour contained in Schedule 2 of the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, in particular:

1. Discreditable Conduct
And amounts to Gross Misconduct

Closing date to register interest in attending: 4:00pm - Friday 7th July 2017
Further information: Under new Home Office regulations this hearing will be held in public.