Attending Hearings

Duration:            

Four Days

Dates & times:                 

Monday 11th – Thursday 14th December 2017

10:30am – 4:00pm

Officer:                               

Police Constable 668 Robson

Location:                            

Old Magistrates Court

Houghton Police Station

Dairy Lane

Houghton Le Spring

DH4 5BL

In relation to: 

The alleged conduct:

On 3 August 2016, the officer attended an incident in Corbridge and arrested an adult male.

During the course of the arrest the officer used force against the male which was not necessary, and was disproportionate in the circumstances.  In particular, the officer:

 

(a)          Used disproportionate force in the application and ongoing management of handcuffs and

in the general restraint;

(b)          Unnecessarily applied force to the male by pulling him forward in the rear of the police

vehicle whilst he was being transported, in handcuffs, to the police station;

(c)           Failed to respond adequately or at all to his complaints of pain/ injury caused to him by the officer’s application of force; and

(d)          Caused the male pain and injury, including a fracture to his right hand.

 

The officer’s conduct breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour contained in Schedule 2 to the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, in particular:

Use of Force

And amounts to Gross Misconduct.

Closing date to register interest in attending:  16.00 hours – Friday 8th December 2017

Further information:  Under new Home Office regulations this hearing will be held in public.

 


Duration:            

Three Days

Dates & times:                 

Monday 4 – 7th December 2017

10:30am – 4:00pm

Officer:                               

Police Constable 3673 Paula Shepherd

Location:                            

Old Magistrates Court

Houghton Police Station

Dairy Lane

Houghton Le Spring

DH4 5BL

In relation to: 

The alleged conduct:

On the 30th September 2014, Witness B contacted Northumbria Police to report his partner, Witness A, had been assaulted. The officer was one of the police officers who attended the scene. Witness A, the individual said by Witness B to have been assaulted, was arrested and subsequently charged with three offences. The criminal trial was heard before HHJ Adams and a jury at Newcastle Crown Court on 3rd to 5th November 2015. Witness A was acquitted of all charges. The officer gave evidence on oath on the 4th November 2015.

The officer’s evidence included assertions which were:

(a) Inaccurate; and

(b) In giving that evidence the officer either intended to mislead the court or was reckless or
careless as to whether she was misleading the court.

In Particular, the officer stated the following:

(a) During her attendance Witness A was “shouting”, “remonstrating” and appeared “agitated
and very angry”;

(b) She arrived at the scene within minutes of the initial incident coming over the police radio;

(c) During her attendance at the scene the “other two gentlemen who were making an
allegation” were present and close by;

(d) She “could clearly see that the gentleman [Witness A] had an erection”.

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

Discreditable Conduct

Honesty and Integrity

And amounts to Gross Misconduct

 

Closing date to register interest in attending: 16.00 hours - Friday 1st December 2017

Further information:  Under new Home Office regulations this hearing will be held in public.

Restrictions:

TAKE NOTICE that the Chair of the Misconduct Panel has made the following reporting restriction:

The individuals named in the allegations [Witness A and Witness B] shall not be identified in the misconduct proceedings. Accordingly those individuals named in the allegations will not be referred to by name and will be referred to as ‘Witness A’ and ‘Witness B’ in the misconduct proceedings.

Members of the press and the public must adhere to the reporting restriction and any directions and/or restrictions imposed by the person chairing the misconduct hearing in advance and/or during the misconduct hearing.

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 publichearings@northumbria.pnn.police.uk 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.