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

Duration:  One Day

Dates & times:  Wednesday 11th October 2017
10:30am – 16:00

Officer:  PC 1874 Christopher Walton

Location:  Old Magistrates Court, Houghton Police Station, Dairy Lane, Houghton Le Spring, DH4 5BL

In relation to:

The alleged Conduct:

(a)  On 24th May 2017, whilst off duty, PC Walton committed an offence contrary to section 5(1)(a) of the Road Traffic Act 1988 (driving a motor vehicle with alcohol concentration above prescribed limit).

(b) On 23rd June 2017, PC Walton appeared before Newcastle Magistrates Court and was convicted of the offence described in (a) above.  PC Walton was sentenced before the same court on 12th July 2017 and received a fine in the sum of £399.00 and was disqualified from driving for a period of 22 months. The Court made an order of costs against the officer in the sum of £85. 

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

Discreditable Conduct

And amounts to Gross Misconduct

Closing date to register interest in attending: 4:00pm - Tuesday 10th October 2017

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