West Mercia

West Mercia Police officer accused of gross misconduct

A notice has published by the force said the unnamed male officer allegedly breached “authority, respect and courtesy” standards. Hearing chairman Callum Cowx has imposed reporting restrictions on the case, including granting anonymity to the accused officer, but these could be lifted if the panel finds against him. The notice said the accused officer will […] […]

West Mercia

Pc who struck Dalian Atkinson believed he posed a threat, court told

A policewoman accused of assaulting Dalian Atkinson struck him with a baton after he was Tasered because he still posed a threat in an “incomprehensibly difficult, frightening” situation, her barrister has told a court. Richard Smith QC told jurors that Pc Mary Ellen Bettley-Smith was a “caring person who didn’t have a violent bone in […] […]