Sex pest cop told he faces jail

PC Darren Heath
PC Darren Heath

A police officer has been told to expect a prison sentence after admitting sexual relationships with three women he met while on duty.

Pc Darren Heath, 45, who is suspended from all duties at Gloucestershire Police, pleaded guilty to five counts of misconduct in a public office.

Bristol Crown Court heard he bedded one woman just minutes after informing a family that their loved one had been killed in a car crash.

Heath, of Taynton, Gloucester, always wore his police uniform while visiting his “vulnerable” victims and turned off his radio during intercourse.

Three of the misconduct charges relate to sexual relationships Heath had with three women between July 2002 and December 2013.

The police constable also admitted misconduct by pulling down his uniform trousers and exposing himself to one victim.

He pleaded guilty to “continually attending” the home of a woman under the guise of investigating an allegation her partner was harassing her.

The mother-of-two was horrified when Heath replied “but you had good sex with him, didn’t you?” after she told him about her partner’s violence.

Prosecuting, Sarah Regan said Heath had been warned about his behaviour a year after joining Gloucestershire Police in 1996 following a complaint by a student.

“He asked her personal questions and then asked whether she fancied a bit of fun before she left for university,” Ms Regan said.

“From his body language and tone she believed he was suggesting that they had sex.

“She subsequently made a complaint which was dealt with by Pc Heath being given advice.

“It is obvious that he ignored that advice and the second chance he was given.”

Ms Regan said Heath met his first victim in July 2002 after she was arrested for a drink driving offence.

A sexual relationship began and continued until after she had attended court and was disqualified from driving for two years.

Six years later, Heath was sat in his police car when his next victim approached to report that a man was unconscious in the street.

He asked for her number and attended her home four days later, when he stripped from his uniform and asked “are we going to bed then?”.

Heath visited his victim up to four times a week while working, with phone records showing that he called her at the site of a fatal car crash.

“Having been to deliver the news to the family of the deceased, he went to her home,” Ms Regan said.

“He had the paperwork from the incident with him and they had sex before he returned to work.”

The victim later became pregnant with twins but Heath convinced her to have a termination, revealing he had two children of his own.

His next victim called police after her ex-partner began stalking her and attacked her teenage daughter.

Heath visited her dozens of times but refused to attend her ex-partner’s house, telling her “the police work in strange ways”.

“He told her she had a nice top on and asked if she liked to dance,” Ms Regan said.

After the woman explained the violence she had suffered at the hands of her ex-partner, Heath replied: “but you had good sex with him, didn’t you?”.

The woman refused to open the door to Heath after he sent her a text message reading “It wasn’t coffee I wanted, it is your body”.

In September 2012, Heath met a woman after arranging a restorative justice programme for her son and began visiting her regularly.

On one occasion, he dropped his trousers and exposed himself to the woman. She refused but had sex with him during another visit.

“He had his uniform on and turned his radio off when they had sex,” Ms Regan said.

In January 2013, the woman ended the relationship after realising Heath was “only interested in a sexual relationship”, the court heard.

He was arrested last year and suspended on full pay after one of his victims complained to police.

In interview, he denied wrongdoing but later admitted five counts of misconduct in a public office.

“The behaviour and actions of Pc Heath have caused great damage to the good name of Gloucestershire Constabulary,” Ms Regan said.

Representing Heath, Ed Burgess said his client was remorseful and had caused pain to his partner of five-years and two children.

“He stands in the dock situation of shame and ignominy and he has only himself to blame for that,” Mr Burgess said.

“His reputation is in tatters, his career is over and his life is in pieces.”

Judge Neil Ford QC, the Recorder of Bristol, adjourned sentencing until Monday, telling Heath he faced “an inevitable custodial sentence”.

Heath’s victims, all of whom attended court, wept and clapped as he was led to the cells.


Former top cop jailed for harassment


A former high ranking and highly decorated police chief has been jailed for 12 months for a campaign of harassment against two women.

Former Detective Chief Superintendant Colin Andrews, 58, showed no emotion as he was led from the dock at Manchester Crown Court.

Andrews, who led a series of high profile investigations for Humberside Police, was found guilty at a trial of aggravated stalking, witness intimidation, common assault and harassment.

The judge, Mrs Justice Patterson, told Andrews: “You thought that not only you were above the law but you could manipulate the course of justice to your own ends.”

She said his actions to try and stop one woman’s attempts to report his behaviour were a deliberate attempt to intimidate her “that was as arrogant as it was ill-judged”.

The judge said Andrews’s behaviour had affected both women’s lives. Referring to one, she said: “The quality of her life has been seriously affected by your bullying and inappropriate conduct.”

Considering the impact on the other woman, the judge said: “She feels she will always be watching over her shoulder and living in fear.”

Andrews, of Brough, East Yorkshire, was found guilty of the offences by a jury in January. But he was cleared of charges of rape, assault occasioning actual bodily harm, and a further charge of common assault.

The assault he was sentenced for today happened when a passer-by, Owen Phillips, tried to intervene in an altercation in the street between Andrews and one of the women, who cannot be named.

The trial heard that Andrews slapped Mr Phillips in the face as he was making a 999 call and called him an “unemployed knob”, despite the fact he was on his way to work.

Mr Phillips, who was praised as a “good Samaritan” by the judge today, managed to make the emergency call and the jury heard the defendant was ranting, calling the woman a “lesbian” and a “slag”.

The jury heard Andrews’s behaviour towards the first woman spanned a year between August 2012 and August 2013 and included bombarding her with hundreds of text messages.

The judge said: “No one could doubt the serious impact of your behaviour on her.”

She told Andrews his behaviour had nearly driven the woman to a breakdown as he refused her pleas to leave her alone, requests repeated by friends and colleagues.

The judge said Andrews also bombarded the other woman with unwanted messages – including 37 calls in one day and 111 text messages. She rejected Andrews’s claims that he was “smothering her with attention”.

Andrews stood in the dock to listen to the judge’s final remarks dressed in a light grey suit, white shirt and grey tie.

The judge told him he had made a success of his life after a very difficult start, being brought up in an orphanage.

She said that after his retirement as a high ranking police officer he had secured a high-level civilian role with Humberside Police as a crime and justice manager.

The judge said: “At the moment of your life you should have been enjoying the fruits of your endeavours, all of these endeavours you, and you alone, have thrown away.”

Andrews was in charge of a number of high profile investigations for Humberside Police in a 36-year career, including the inquiry into the mysterious death of Army cadet Stephen Hilder in a parachuting incident in 2003.

He also led the long-running investigation into the murder of Keith Slater who was stabbed to death in Hessle, near Hull, in 1988.

Mitigating today, Tania Griffiths QC, defending, said: “This man has saved many lives. Not everyone can say that. He’s put his own life on the line in order to do that.”

Ms Griffiths said he was once commended for tackling an armed gunman.

“He didn’t need to do that,” the barrister said. “Why did he do it? Because he’s a brave man.”

Ms Griffiths said her client had saved lives on the Humber Bridge due to his negotiating skills.

But many women watching from the public gallery shook their heads when the barrister told the judge: “There’s givers and there’s takers in life and Mr Andrews is a giver.”

Ms Griffiths asked the judge to spare Mr Andrews jail saying there was “just no way” he would ever be before a court again in his life.

She said prison would “break him”, especially due to his police background.

Earlier, prosecutor Owen Edwards said Andrews used his high police office to intimidate the women.

Mr Edwards said Andrews “used that position to add to the distress and concern caused to both complainants by the acts of harassment and stalking.

“In both cases he was to imply and, indeed, expressly say that they would never be believed, that he had the power to prevent an effective investigation taking place and that he had knowledge that would allow him to ensure that should any complaints be made they would never be believed. ”

The prosecutor summarised impact statements from both women.

One said she had been left “emotional and tearful, particularly at work, and unable to deal with conflict”.

She said she “struggled to understand how Mr Andrews could have behaved in the way he did and continue to hold such a senior position within the police force and thereafter, and not show signs at work.”

Mr Edwards said the woman felt Andrews really did have the power he suggested he did to the extent that she wrongly believed her home was bugged.

The other woman said she believed Andrews was “motivated by a need to control and to bully” – “effectively having his way, no matter what.”

The judge imposed five year restraining orders on Andrews in respect of each of the women. But she rejected an application from Mr Edwards that the defendant should pay the £122,000 cost of the prosecution.

Andrews’s solicitor Damian Kelly issued a statement after the hearing which said: “Mr Andrews accepts the verdicts of the jury.”

It stressed the not guilty verdicts brought in by the jury and added: “In relation to the other allegations which he has been found guilty, he wishes to place on record his sincere apology to those complainants affected.

“Mr Andrews now realises, in hindsight, that his actions were inappropriate and misguided. He regrets that, despite his previously unblemished police career, he made wrong decisions.”

The former detective criticised what he said was a £1 million investigation into the rape allegation, of which he was acquitted.

Thieving Scam Cop Faces Jail

Alexis Scott faces jail
Alexis Scott faces jail

A former police community support officer from south-east London who stole thousands of pounds by tricking departing air passengers into thinking they were carrying too much cash could be facing jail.

Alexis Scott approached travellers as they were about to go through the final gate at Gatwick in Sussex and asked how much money they were carrying, police said.

She convinced some that they were carrying more than the maximum amount allowed and “confiscated” the balance, before reassuring her victims they could claim it back when they returned.

The 39-year-old then placed the money under her uniform hat and headed back to the police station.

The scam was uncovered when returning passengers began asking airport officials for their money back. Scott, of Plumstead, was arrested in May last year.

After a police investigation she was accused of stealing more than £15,000 from seven victims.

After a trial lasting more than three weeks, she was convicted at Canterbury Crown Court of six offences of theft and one of misconduct in public office, while she was found not guilty of one count of theft. The charge she was cleared of related to an alleged theft of around £1,500.

Scott was remanded into custody ahead of sentencing.

Following the verdict Deputy Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney said: “Sussex Police expects the highest personal and professional standards of everyone who works for us.

“Scott fell woefully short of those standards, abusing the trust that we had placed in her, but more importantly, the trust of the public and in particular, the victims of her crimes.

“Passengers and other users of Gatwick Airport rightly expect that those who wear the uniform of Sussex Police do so with integrity and honesty.

“Scott failed in this simple requirement and has been duly punished, but this mustn’t be allowed to reflect upon the professionalism, honesty and integrity of other employees of Sussex Police who work tirelessly and selflessly around the clock.

“This was a complex and detailed investigation of an audacious act, but any such act will not be tolerated and we acted swiftly and decisively as soon as it came to light.”

After internal disciplinary proceedings in July last year Scott was dismissed from her job, which pays a basic salary of between £18,500 and just over £20,000 a year.

Sex cop spared jail

PC Simon Abell
PC Simon Abell

A Pc who sent sexually inappropriate texts and Facebook messages to a woman he met in his capacity as a serving officer walked free from court today.

Intelligence officer Pc Simon Abell was handed a six-month sentence, suspended for one year, at Nottingham Crown Court after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office at an earlier hearing.

The court was told he sent inappropriate texts and Facebook messages between November 4, 2011 and the end of August 2012 to a woman he met in his capacity as a police constable.

Sentencing the 42-year-old, Judge Michael Stokes, Recorder of Nottingham, said: “You have pleaded guilty to a single offence of misconduct in a public office, which is always a serious offence.

“You were at the relevant time, and had been for over 20 years, a serving police officer.

“It is always a matter of regret and gravity when a police officer offends in this way.

“A police officer is in a position of trust in relation to all members of the community who he serves.”

The court heard Abell, who was based at Sutton-in-Ashfield in Nottinghamshire, had been a serving officer for 23 and a half years.

The judge said: “It is quite inappropriate for a police officer to be engaging with someone who started as a potential witness in this sort of sexual innuendo.”

The court heard the complainant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, initiated contact with the officer in 2011 by sending him a Facebook message after being a potential witness in an earlier case.

She asked him in the Facebook message, sent on November 5, whether he remembered her.

Father-of-two Abell, from Sutton-in-Ashfield, replied: “Hi of course i remember a sexy lady like you. I remembered you in an instant xx. I was coming to see you, as i remember, then you didn’t invite me lol.”

A flurry of texts and Facebook messages between the pair then commenced.

The court heard that he had met the woman when she was a potential witness in a police investigation but at the time of the offences that case had been discontinued.

The matter came to the attention of the Professional Standards Directorate in September 2012 after a friend of the complainant handed a CD with screenshots of Facebook messages between Abell and the woman into Mansfield Police Station.

Abell, who appeared in the dock wearing a blue shirt, striped tie and black trousers and was seen to hold his head in his hands at times during today’s hearing, was arrested in January 2013.

He was suspended from Nottinghamshire Police and resigned in May this year after pleading guilty to misconduct in a public office at Nottingham Crown Court.

The 42-year-old pleaded not guilty to two further misconduct charges of sexually inappropriate behaviour between November 4, 2011 and December 31, 2011, and on August 2, 2012.

The prosecution agreed that no further action should be taken against the officer, who has been suspended by his force, on the further charges.

In mitigation today, Harpreet Sandhu said: “He had not only lost his occupation but he had effectively lost his reputation. He is lucky that those who know him have stood by him”.

Abell’s partner and ex-wife were in court for the sentencing.

Mr Sandhu added that his client had shown “genuine remorse”.

He said: “The regret is not for him but for those who he has placed in a precarious position due to his offending”.

The judge noted that the complainant had initiated the contact but said she had been “undeniably vulnerable” and that Abell had “taken advantage” of that vulnerability.

He handed Abell a six-month custodial sentence, suspended for 12 months.

The former officer was also ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work for the benefit of the community over the next 12 months.

Speaking after today’s hearing, Detective Superintendent Jackie Alexander, head of the Force’s Professional Standards Directorate, said: “Abell should have been there to protect vulnerable people and uphold the law but instead he abused his position and failed to meet the high standards of integrity and professionalism that we expect from all our officers and employees.

“We need to acknowledge that in all professions there will be a minority of individuals who try and use their position for abuse or sexual exploitation, and sadly this will, on occasion, also include these who work in policing. It is only by acknowledging this fact, and ensuring that where there is any suggestion of abuse a transparent and professional investigation is conducted, that we can then reassure the public that we continue to deserve their trust and confidence.

“Simon Abell not only acted criminally towards a vulnerable person, but he also let down the vast number of officers and staff who are committed to helping and supporting people in their time of need. I hope that this case does reassure the people of Nottinghamshire that we are actively committed to identifying and rooting out these kinds of behaviour when they occur.”

Sex cop jailed


A police officer who served with West Mercia Police and who seduced and slept with vulnerable women while on duty has been jailed for 18 months.

Ian Langford, 46, struck up relationships with two women after being called to attend incidents at their homes.

Gloucester Crown Court heard married Langford would visit the women – who he was having relationships with at the same time – during his shifts.

The father-of-one’s police radio was heard to go off during visits and he even called a police car to bring him back to the station, the court was told.

Langford’s “totally unacceptable” actions led to a trial collapsing in court – as he was sleeping with the key prosecution witness.

He also illegally accessed police records to gain the contact details of one of his victims when she changed her phone number after their relationship ended.

Langford, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, admitted two charges of misconduct in a public office for the relationships, which took place in 2012 and 2013.

In 2008, Langford was docked 13 days pay by West Mercia Police for sleeping with a vulnerable women after attending her home following a domestic violence incident.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC told Langford, who was supported in court by his new wife, that his actions had brought the police service into disrepute.

“You are not a man of good character because in 2008 you were reprimanded for committing a similar, if not identical, offence with another vulnerable woman,” the judge said.

“If you needed reminding that such behaviour was totally unacceptable, that incident should have deterred you.

“However, in May 2012, you met up with one victim. She was the victim of domestic violence, as had been the victim in 2008.

“She was looking for the protection of the law and the understanding of the police. You chose to seduce her when she was at her most vulnerable.

“Later, when the affair had come to an end you misused police data to discover her private phone number.”

The judge said Langford met with a second victim in June 2012, when in a relationship with the first woman, following a neighbourly dispute at her home, which resulted in a trial.

“The case was compromised when it came to trial because the defendant let it be known that you were having an affair with the prosecution witness,” the judge said.

“As a result, the case had to be dropped, although a restraining order was imposed. Nothing could demonstrate better why police officers have to conduct themselves in a exemplary manner.

“Both your victims feel extremely let down by the police. You targeted women when they were at their most vulnerable. You carried out the affairs while actually on duty.

“Your behaviour has brought the police service into disrepute.”

The judge sentenced Langford to nine months for each count of misconduct in a public office, to run consecutively – meaning a prison term of 18 months.

The judge also made an order banning the identification of any of Langford’s victims.

Two Thieving Cops face Jail

Det Sgt Phillips (L), Det Con Evans (R)
Det Sgt Phillips (L), Det Con Evans (R)

Two senior policemen from Neath in South Wales are facing jail after being caught stealing in a sting operation at a fake “crime scene” – by their own colleagues.

Det Sgt Stephen Phillips and Det Con Jason Evans were filmed on secret cameras taking cash and biro pens planted in the sting house.

A court heard how Phillips, 45, was caught taking £250 when he was called to a house under criminal investigation – not realising it was a set-up by other police officers.

Evans, 44, was also videoed pocketing two pens while he carried out the investigation using a search warrant at the same time.

The court heard the officers thought they were investigating a burglary, but were set up as part of “trust exercise” by suspicious police chiefs.

A team of officers including Evans and Phillips were sent to the house which was filled with “evidence” including Viagra, bags, mobile phones, watches and £21,647 of cash.

But Phillips and Evans did not realise the property had been fitted with hidden cameras and covert microphones – and the woman posing as a resident was an undercover detective.

The pair – who are suspended by South Wales Police – were warned they faced custody after admitting theft.

Judge Bodfan Jenkins told them: “There can be few examples of a graver breach of trust.

“This is a gross breach of trust in relation to the force and what the public expect from the police.

“It’s not about the cost, it’s about the breach of trust and at first blush it appears to me that this is a custody case.”

The officers, who are based in Neath, were part of a team investigating organised crime.

The pair were investigated by South Wales Police’s corruption unit for theft and misconduct.

Cardiff magistrates court heard how the force decided to carry out an “intelligence led integrity test” on the pair.

They pretended they were asked by Greater Manchester Police to investigate a property allegedly linked to a series of burglaries.

Prosecutor David Roberts said: “Phillips was filmed putting his hand inside a coat pocket and finding £240.

“He removes his hand and leaves the scene – but then returns 20 seconds later when he removes the cash and places it in his pocket.”

Phillips also took £10 from a bedside table. But he did not realise all the notes had been marked with invisible ink and the serial numbers recorded.

Evans was filmed going into the bedroom and taking two pens during the raid in March this year.

The pair then drove up the M5 to meet plain clothes officers from Greater Manchester Police at a service station.

While waiting for the meet Phillips spent £60 of the money on a Monopoly-themed gambling machine.

As they drove back to South Wales they were pulled over by a marked police car and arrested by members of their force’s Professional Standards department.

The court heard Phillips, of Skewen, Neath, claimed he was going to return the money to the woman who lived at the house.

Evans, of Cilfrew, Neath, admitted stealing the pens while he was interviewed under caution.

The pair both pleaded guilty to theft. They were given unconditional bail while pre-sentence reports are prepared.

Phillips and Evans have 26 and 19 years service to their names respectively, and will face misconduct proceedings in due course according to South Wales Police.

Assistant Chief Constable Richard Lewis said: “Police officers take a vow to serve the public and uphold the law with fairness, integrity and impartiality. Any who fall short of those standards or who abuse their position, will face disciplinary action, the prospect of criminal prosecution and dismissal.

“As soon as the officers were suspected of acting improperly, an investigation, supervised by the Independent Police Complaints Commission, was launched which culminated in the dedicated integrity test and their subsequent arrest and suspension.”

“I want to reassure the public that we take this type of behaviour very seriously and continue to work hard to root out any corrupt officers and staff.”

Two Corrupt West Midlands Cops Jailed


Two corrupt police officers caught in an internal sting operation stealing cash and cigarettes have been jailed for 20 weeks.

Mark Davis, 31, and 33-year-old Neil Samuels, had each previously admitted a single count of theft of hundreds of Marlboro cigarettes and £10 cash apiece before appearing for sentencing at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court today.

Jailing the pair, District Judge David Robinson said their crime was “a gross breach of trust” adding the “impact of such offending on public confidence is high”.

The two serving police officers were caught stealing after they were the focus of a targeted integrity check by their employer West Midlands Police’s counter corruption unit, which was acting on a tip-off.

Both Davis and Samuels had previously pleaded guilty in February to theft of 400 cigarettes with each haul worth a total of £179.80, after they carried out what they believed to be a bona fide house search in July 2013.

Davis, of Clent Road in Oldbury, West Midlands, who has been with the police force six years, and Samuels, of Croft Lane, Wolverhampton, who has been employed for 11 years, have been suspended since the allegations surfaced and are now set to lose their jobs following a professional standards process.

Defence barrister Mark Kelly, offering mitigation for the pair, said Samuels had taken the cash to buy a “peace-offering” for his wife as their relationship had been under strain.

He added Davis had been coping with “a mild-to-severe” depressive illness, added to by “difficulties with his ex-partner which has had a significant impact on him”.

Both men, added Mr Kelly, were simply going to share the cigarettes out “with friends” and had not stolen for financial gain.

He also said any jail term would have a big impact of the men, who both had young families to support.

The operation to snare the two, both employed as response officers covering Sandwell in the West Midlands, was launched after information was handed to their employer in April 2013.

Mr Robinson, in sentencing, set out in detail how the two men were caught out.

He said the officers had been briefed that a male suspect had been arrested by officers from neighbouring Warwickshire Police and they were then sent by their superiors to search that man’s home and seize evidence.

“What you did not know was that you were the subject of a covert monitoring integrity investigation set up to record and observe how you behaved,” said Mr Robinson.

The two did seize property for the mock investigation and returned to the police station, before filling out false reports of what they had collected.

Mr Robinson said: “You intended to mislead Warwickshire Police about what had been seized – you were later stopped and arrested.

“It was a joint offence you executed together.

“In my view it was calculated – that is apparent from the discussion recorded together (in the house); the property you decided to take, and the way you equally divided the property.

“You falsified not only the search records but the witness statement, and you did all this believing that or knowing that if circumstances were as you believed them, this could have impeded a critical investigation with all the consequences that might have had to the individual you believed to be in custody, and of course for justice itself.”

Mr Robinson added: “Both of you have suffered recent events in your life that have caused distress.”

He also accepted Davis and Samuels felt “genuine remorse” for what they themselves had described as a “terrible mistake”.

However, sentencing the pair – as relatives in the public gallery burst into tears – he said: “In my view, these offences are so serious that neither a fine, a community order, or a suspended sentence order can be justified.

“For the offence of theft you will each serve 20 weeks – half in prison, and half on licence.”

A legal restriction barring reporting of Davis’ address was lifted after an application by the Press Association.

Cop Jailed For Under-Age Sex

PC Christopher Semak Jailed
PC Christopher Semak Jailed

A police officer based in south Birmingham has been jailed for six years after being convicted of sexual activity with a child.

West Midlands Police said Christopher Semak carried out the crimes between April 2010 and November 2011 when the girl, who was known to the man, was aged 14 and 15.

The 33-year-old officer was arrested on January 24, 2012 from his Kings Norton home – on the same day the girl, then aged 16, revealed that she had been systematically assaulted over the course of two years, police said.

He was handed the prison sentence following a four-week trial at Stafford Crown Court.

A major police investigation was immediately launched and the officer, who joined the force in 2010, was suspended from the force with his access to police buildings restricted.

A police spokesman said that as part of the lengthy inquiry in which texts and emails were scrutinised, detectives did not find any other victims other than the girl who was known to Semak outside of work.

Detective Superintendent Tim Bacon, from the force’s Public Protection Unit, said: “Christopher Semak has today been found guilty of sexual activity with a child. It is clear that he groomed the victim for his own sexual gratification. His actions were disgraceful for any person let alone a man who, when he became a police officer, swore an oath to protect people.

“Throughout his trial Semak failed to take responsibility for his own actions.

“The verdict of the jury today reflects their belief that this was in fact a tissue of lies designed to undermine the victim and save himself.

“The sexual exploitation of children is child abuse. In this case the offender is a police officer who whilst not on duty at the time betrayed the trust that the victim and others had in him to take advantage of the victim and in doing so has caused her severe emotional trauma.

“I hope that he will reflect on his actions and the emotional scars he inflicted on his victim and those around him.”

Police said Semak was handed a sexual offences prevention order in addition to the jail sentence.

Semak is banned from working with or having unsupervised access to children under the conditions attached to the order.

He was also ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register for life.

With criminal proceedings now completed, the case will go before a special police disciplinary panel where senior officers will determine his future with the force in line with national guidelines.

Disgraced Cop In Racially Aggravated Assault


A disgraced former police officer has been ordered to pay £600 compensation to a doorman he attacked in a racially aggravated assault.

Pc James Balneaves, 29, wept in the dock at Westminster Magistrates’ Court while receiving £1,510 in fines during his sentencing for racially aggravated assault.

Prosecutor Jonathon Swain said the incident occurred when Balneaves, who has since resigned from his role as a Metropolitan Police constable in Brent, refused to accept he was not allowed into a central London nightclub.

Mr Swain said an off-duty Balneaves, his girlfriend and a colleague tried to gain entry to the Opal Nightclub at Embankment on October 19 but the doorman, who was described in court as “Mr Ahmed”, refused them entry because his girlfriend appeared too intoxicated.

The prosecutor said Mr Ahmed asked Balneaves, who had alcohol on his breath, whether he had a booking and he replied: “No, but our friends are inside. Do you do a police discount?”

Mr Swain said Balneaves kept asking about a discount and the doorman told him the cost of entry was not the issue, but the fact his girlfriend was too drunk to enter.

He told the court Mr Ahmed began filming Balneaves when he became agitated and continued to ask about the discount while showing his warrant card, before he and a colleague picked him up and took him away from the entry.

Mr Swain said Balneaves then yelled at the doorman: “Get off me bloody foreigner, get off me f****** foreigner.”

He then punched the doorman twice, causing him a small cut to the inside of his lip.

Balneaves was then arrested and taken to Charing Cross police station.

Defence lawyer Mark Lake said his client resigned as a police officer immediately after he pleaded guilty to the offence earlier this month.

Mr Lake said Balneaves and his girlfriend had both had a bottle of wine each before trying to enter the nightclub and, while his client described himself as tipsy, he agreed his girlfriend was quite drunk.

He said his client should have known better being a police officer and moved along, but instead decided to argue and demanded to see the club’s manager while showing his warrant card.

He said the “catalyst” came when the doorman began filming Balneaves, who took offence.

The lawyer described his client, who wore a dark suit and navy tie in the dock, as a man of good character who had received two bravery awards and been injured while on duty.

“In many ways, this is a tragedy,” Mr Lake told District Judge Nick Evans.

“A few moments of madness… and he’s thrown away his career.

“That is a terrible consequence for him and one he’s going to regret for the rest of his life.

“When he leaves this court, regardless of the penalty you impose today, he leaves as a disgraced ex-officer who now has a conviction for racially aggravated assault, which may make it difficult for him to find further employment.”

Mr Evans fined Balneaves £750 for the racially aggravated assault and ordered he pay his victim £600 in compensation. He also had to pay a further £160 in court costs and fees.

The judge told Balneaves: “It’s a sad story when somebody in your position comes to this court and pleads guilty to this offence.”

Balneaves is still technically a police constable given his resignation will officially take effect on January 11 after his 28-day notice period has lapsed.

Cop Gets 19 Years For Rapes

Wayne Scott headshot

An ex-policeman has been jailed for 19 years for a string of serious sex crimes.

Wayne Scott, 37, was convicted of rape and the attempted rape of a woman after a five-day trial, having already admitted raping a different woman seven times over a number of years.

He also confessed to two common assaults, one sexual assault and two counts of inciting a child to engage in sexual touching.

Sentencing Scott at Newcastle Crown Court, Judge James Goss QC described him as manipulative, controlling and domineering.

“Your offending has had an enormous impact on the wellbeing, confidence and lives of those against whom you offended, destroying their lives,” he said.

His offences came to light after he was dismissed by Cleveland Police when a member of the public complained about him touching her sexually while he was on duty.

Although he was not prosecuted for that offence, the publicity led other women to come forward and make complaints.

Speaking after the sentence, Detective Superintendent Peter McPhillips of Cleveland Police said: “I’m really pleased with the sentence today. Wayne Scott is a sexual deviant and a predator who manipulated his victims and had a significant detrimental impact on their lives.

“Yet he has never exhibited any remorse and he does not appear to understand the horrific nature of his crimes.

“I would like to pay tribute to all of his victims, in particular those who we managed to trace and who were brave enough to provide us with the details of his crimes.”


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Judge Goss said Scott would serve 15 years in custody and also passed a sexual offences prevention order and placed him on the sex offenders register.

A statement from one of his victims was read out saying she was worried about his release as he had already tried to contact her since being in prison.

On hearing his fate, Scott became unsteady on his feet, first bending over before sinking into his seat.

His appearances in the dock had been characterised by attempts to mouth words, sobbing and hanging his head.

Since his arrest, the 37-year-old, formerly of Stockton, Teesside, has twice tried to kill himself – jumping from a prison balcony and leaping from a moving vehicle while on his way to a medical examination.

Senior officers have said there are allegations from eight more victims that did not make it to court and they have again appealed for any other victims to come forward.

Mr McPhillips said: “I hope this sentence will send a positive message to victims of sexual abuse, that we will listen to them and together with our partners work with them to bring offenders to justice.

“I would again appeal to anyone who believes they were a victim of Wayne Scott to contact officers.”