Northamptonshire Police constables cleared of gross misconduct in landmark public disciplinary case

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TWO constables from Northamptonshire Police have been cleared of gross misconduct following the force’s first-ever disciplinary hearing held in public.

Members of the public and the media were able to watch at Wootton Hall yesterday as evidence was heard relating to PC Greg Mead and PC David Scott.

The allegations surrounded the arrest of Joseph Livingstone, from Bestwood Close, Desborough, who had complained he was beaten up by the officers in his home.

However, after Mr Livingstone gave his evidence, Steven Evans, the officers’ solicitor, applied for the case to be thrown out because of discrepancies between what he told the panel and the case against the officers.

Mr Evans said the differences called into question Mr Livingstones wider account of the events.

Assistant Chief Constable Rachel Swann , chair of the hearing panel said: “The panel is quite satisfied that the evidence taken at its highest is insufficient to prove any of the allegations therefore the case is dismissed.”

The allegations were that on September 28 2013, PC Mead and PC Scott went to Mr Livingstone’s home to investigate allegations maade by his ex-partner.

Mr Livingstone said the officers had not explained why they were there and proceeded to punch and kick him during a confrontation in his kitchen.

He was later arrestedfor assault of a police officer, which, it was alleged, was not carried out properly.

Both PCs denied the allegations throughout the hearing.