Sacked: PC James Kiddie

Sacked: PC James Kiddie

PC Kiddie punching shoplifting suspect

PC Kiddie punching shoplifting suspect

A policeman who punched a suspected shoplifter in the head before pinning her to the ground in Regent Street has been dismissed from the force.

Pc James Kiddie, 46, was convicted of common assault and handed a community service order in February after lashing out at Sarah Reed at the Uniqlo clothing store in Regent Street in November 2012.

He was dismissed without notice by a gross misconduct board, the Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

Westminster borough commander Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett said: “Police officers join the Met to protect and serve the public and I was extremely shocked to learn and indeed see what happened.

“Where an officer’s behaviour falls short of the very high standards that we and the public expect of them, then it is only right that they are held to account and Pc Kiddie has paid for his actions.

“Behaviour such as this casts a shadow over the thousands of officers who are on duty right now demonstrating bravery, compassion, integrity and professionalism.”

Kiddie had been called to the Uniqlo store after Ms Reed was held by security guards.

He told the court that a “snarling” Ms Reed had bitten him on the finger and claimed that she had HIV.

CCTV footage played to the court showed him pushing her into a chair, grabbing her by the hair and hitting her on the head as she lay on the floor, before leaning on her neck until back-up arrived.

He launched an appeal against his conviction in April, but the judge upheld the magistrate’s findings.