Oxfordshire Police Officer Dismissed

A Thames Valley Police officer has been dismissed after a special case hearing over an off-duty attack.

PC Ben Howes, who worked as an officer in Oxfordshire was dismissed without notice following a misconduct hearing.

The force say he breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

On 15 August 2016, Howes was found guilty by unanimous jury of one count of assault by beating at Basingstoke Magistrates Court. The offence took place on 17 May 2015, while Howes was off-duty.

Howes was given a community order, a restraining order was made to protect his victim and he was ordered to pay costs and a victim surcharge.

Deputy Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police, John Campbell, said: “PC Howes has been dismissed from Thames Valley Police with immediate effect. He had been found guilty of a crime and given the circumstances it is unacceptable for him to continue serve with the Force.”

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