Cambridgeshire officer to face misconduct hearing after row over tube ticket


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A Huntingdon police officer is to face a misconduct hearing after he was convicted of abusing station staff in a row over a tube train ticket.

PC Josh Williams had been accused of pushing workers who had questioned him about his ticket and becoming aggressive to the point where British Transport Police had to be called in.

The officer will attend a misconduct hearing in Biggleswade on October 9.

Cambridgeshire police said that in January 2016 PC Williams had been off duty in London when he passed through a ticket barrier at Leicester Square tube station and was approached by two revenue inspectors who queried his ticket.

PC Williams was then said to have pushed or physically manoeuvred past the inspectors in a bid to leave.

He was stopped by the inspectors but he became aggressive to the point where British Transport Police officers had to intervene.

Cambridgeshire police said PC Williams was prosecuted for two offences of unacceptable behaviour on the Transport for London regional railway network.

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He appeared in court and was convicted of using abusive and offensive language, contrary to railway bylaws, and the court also found his behaviour to have been arrogant, uncompromising and confrontational.

Now PC Williams is to face a misconduct hearing after being accused by police authorities of using behaviour which amounted to gross misconduct and which may have breached standards of professional behaviour for honesty, integrity, authority, respect and courtesy.

His behaviour was also said to have amounted to discreditable conduct.

The hearing, at Biggleswade Town Council offices, is scheduled to last up to three days and will be held in public.