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BAD COP: Apsley ex-police officer barred from force for life

 Published on: 6th April 2024   |   By: Bryn Holmes   |   Category: Uncategorized

Following a misconduct hearing, an Apsley man has been barred from serving in any police force.

Ex-PC William Owen, 30, of Longman Court, Stationers Place, Apsley, was handed down the order despite not having attended the hearing at Hertfordshire Constabulary’s headquarters in Welwyn Garden City on Tuesday, March 19.

His name will now appear on the College of Policing’s barred list.

This comes after he was convicted of common assault and administering a poisonous or noxious substance with intent to aggrieve, injure or annoy. Both charges were committed on a member of the public in Watford on November 7, 2021.

Owen was found guilty of the offences at Peterborough Crown Court on Monday, February 5. He was sentenced at the same court on Friday, March 22, to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years. He must also complete 160 hours of unpaid community work and pay £750 in compensation to the victim and a £156 victim surcharge.

A spokesperson for Herts Police said: “Any incident where an officer acts unlawfully and undermines public trust, we take this very seriously, especially in cases where excessive force is used.

“The investigation and subsequent conviction of ex-PC Owen was prompted from concerns raised by other officers over Owen’s conduct.

“This demonstrates a commitment internally to remove individuals who fall below the standards we expect.”

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