Officer who punched woman three times & dragged her by hair dismissed

PC James Kiddie has today, Tuesday, 11 November been dismissed without notice by a gross misconduct board.

In November 2012 he was found guilty of common assault on a woman in a Regents Street shop. He appealed against that conviction in April 2014 but the Judge upheld the Magistrate’s findings.

He punched Sarah Reed in face three times and dragged her across the floor by her hair which was captured on CCTV.

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 today.

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