Drunk officer who threw beer bottle at man in nightclub dismissed without notice

An off-duty officer who a threw a beer bottle at a man in a nightclub has been dismissed without notice following an accelerated misconduct hearing.

Mar 16, 2023
By Paul Jacques

British Transport Police said PC Howell had been drinking when the assault took place in Snobs nightclub in Birmingham on December 10, 2022.

“He was drunk and assaulted a member of the public by throwing a beer bottle at him, causing a nasty cut injury to the man’s forehead,” said the force.

West Midlands Police launched a criminal investigation into the incident and the matter was dealt with by Community Resolution.

PC Howell failed to disclose the incident or the action that had been taken against him to BTP.

The officer admitted gross misconduct and was dismissed with immediate effect by Chief Constable Lucy D’Orsi on Monday (March 13).

Ms D’Orsi said: “This was a deliberate and entirely unprovoked act of violence – which would be shocking in itself by any member of the public, let alone a serving police officer.

“When an officer breaks the law it so seriously undermines public confidence in policing and for that reason I dismissed him with immediate effect. There is simply no place in BTP for people who behave like this.”

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