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Former Essex Police officer found guilty of gross misconduct

PUBLISHED: 06:26 09 May 2018 | UPDATED: 06:26 09 May 2018

Two boys ahave been arrested in connection with an assault. Stock photo. Photo: PA Wire/ PRESS ASSOCIATION IMAGES

Two boys ahave been arrested in connection with an assault. Stock photo. Photo: PA Wire/ PRESS ASSOCIATION IMAGES

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Mitchell Beardsell was arrested in October 2017 following an incident in Colchester.

After an investigation Beardsell was charged with assault and criminal damage.

He pleaded guilty to both charges at Colchester Magistrates’ Court on March 20 2018.

Beardsell was sentenced to a 12-month community order and was ordered to complete 80 hours of unpaid work.

He was also made to pay £195 in costs.

Beardsell was suspended from Essex Police after his arrest and resigned on March 21, 2018.

A misconduct hearing was held at Harlow Social Security and Child Support Tribunal Court.

The panel, chaired by Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh found him guilty of gross misconduct having breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in the area of Discreditable Conduct.

They added that if he had not already resigned then he would have been sacked.

After the hearing, Chief Constable Stephen Kavanagh said: “I expect the highest standards of behaviour from my officers both on and off duty. Mitchell Beardsell’s actions fell well below that standard.

“I am proud of Essex Police’s history and the commitment of my workforce to support the people of our county. We take discreditable conduct extremely seriously and I would like to reassure the public that there is no place for people in our force who breach these standards.

“I believe I have some of the best police officers in the country in Essex. The behaviour of Mitchell Beardsell is not and should not be any reflection on them.”

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