Police officer jailed for Park Royal assault is sacked

Matthew Harries has been fired from the Met (
Pic: Jamie Lorriman/Central News)

Matthew Harries has been fired from the Met ( Pic: Jamie Lorriman/Central News) - Credit: Jamie Lorriman/Central News

A police officer who was jailed for beating up a man during a stop and search in Park Royal has been sacked from his job.

Last October, Matthew Harries, 36, who is based in Ealing, was sentenced to six months in prison for hitting Justin Small in the face and kneeing him after he stopped him on suspicion of possessing drugs.

The assault took place in a car park in April 2013 and Harries was convicted of Actual Bodily Harm which he denied.

Yesterday he was dismissed without notice from the Metropolitan Police Service following a special case hearing chaired by AC Martin Hewitt.

The hearing found that he breached of the Standards of Professional Behaviour by discreditable conduct.

An investigation was launched by the Directorate of Professional Standards into Harries conduct after Mr Small complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

Following his jailing, DPS Detective Chief Superintendent Alaric Bonthron said: “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 for their actions.

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“The actions of one officer abusing his position in this way can cast a shadow over the thousands of officers who are on duty right now demonstrating bravery, compassion, integrity and professionalism.

“There is no place in the Metropolitan Police Service for officers and staff who do not uphold our values.”

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