Search

Newham officers face police misconduct claims after court clears them of racism

15:51 30 November 2012

Pic shows PC Kevin Hughes at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Pic shows PC Kevin Hughes at Westminster Magistrates Court.

Central News

Two Newham Met officers cleared of racially aggravated harassment yesterday now face disciplinary action from a police watchdog.

PC David Hair at court.PC David Hair at court.

PC Kevin Hughes, 36, of Brentwood, Essex was found not guilty yesterday at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of using threatening words or behaviour to cause alarm and distress after he admitted comparing a black man to a monkey.

His colleague, PC David Hair, 42, of Epping, was also cleared of both charges following a three-day trial.

But now criminal proceedings are over, the case has been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) with the officers facing disciplinary action or even dismissal for their behaviour.

Cmdr Allan Gibson, MPS directorate of professional standards, said: “As soon as the actions of these officers were brought to the attention of the Directorate of Professional Standards the matter was taken seriously and following careful consideration referred to the IPCC.

“The Commissioner has made it quite clear that racism is not acceptable within the Met, this is a view supported by the majority of officers and staff.

“Now that criminal proceedings are complete, and it should be noted they have been found not guilty of any criminal offences, we will now consider misconduct proceedings.”

A third officer, an acting Sergeant in charge of the officers, has been the subject to management action.

Latest News Stories

15:36
Prime Minister David Cameron is interviewed by Jeremy Paxman (right) on the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10, at the Sky Studios in Osterley, west London.

The Prime Minister and Labour leader were interviewed individually in the Sky News/Channel 4 programme: Cameron & Miliband Live: The Battle for Number 10.

David Cameron
14:59
Community paediatrician Dr Tan (front, centre) has retired, 23 years after joining the NHS.

A well-loved paediatrician has retired after 20 years of serving families in Newham.

Glasgow
14:42
Ed Miliband kicks off his election campaign in Stratford

Ed Miliband has officially kicked off his election campaign with a visit to Stratford this morning.

Labour Party
Muhon Choudhury was stabbed in his Plaistow shop.

A shop owner who was stabbed as he was opening up at 5am has been walking with a stick since and is terrified to go back to work.

Most read news

The fire was apparently started by a gas explosion and left 19 people injured, four critically. Two people remain unaccounted for.

The Duchess of Cambridge spoke about food choices when she met the niece of Stephen Lawrence.

The captain stunned his passengers with a heartfelt message on a flight that took off just hours after the doomed Germanwings plane.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Newham Recorder e-edition today E-edition
Family Notices 24


Our trusted business finder