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  1. PC faces career end after being found guilty of perverting the course of justice. 'Assault' scene: St Laurence-in-Thanet Church, Ramsgate Date - 13th June 2019 By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle 5 Comments An officer lied about being attacked by four men with baseball bats in a church graveyard while on duty, a court heard. PC Michael Tovell made up a report on a fictitious assault in the grounds of St Laurence-in-Thanet Church in Ramsgate. Originally charged with misconduct in public office, a jury at Canterbury Crown Court yesterday found the Kent officer guilty of perverting the course of justice. He will be sentenced later following a psychiatric assessment and the force confirmed after court proceedings have concluded, it will begin a misconduct process. The 46-year-old officer reported to his Kent colleagues he had been knocked unconscious after being set upon by a group of people at about 9.45pm on February 2. He activated his personal emergency alarm and was heard over the police radio to shout: “Get back” and; ‘I am Taser trained. Put it down.” Two other officers were attending a nearby shop when his emergency alarm was activated and arrived on the scene within an estimated 30 seconds. They carried out an immediate search of the area but the group of men who he claimed had attacked him were never found. An ambulance crew was called to the scene after PC Tovell described being attacked with baseball bats and wooden planks. At hospital he was found to have sustained no apparent injuries and was discharged within a few hours. During the subsequent investigations to identify PC Tovell’s attackers, question marks began to surface around the legitimacy of his account. A significant number of house-to-house enquiries were carried out, two witness appeals were issued and an examination of the local CCTV – which had comprehensive coverage of the area – took place. Crucially, no one matching PC Tovell’s description of four heavily-built men were found on the extensive CCTV to leave the area and witnesses who came forward described the church yard and surrounding roads as typically quiet at the time of the assault, the force said. Further inconsistencies such as a lack of audio capturing the attack on the officer’s emergency radio recording and four unaccounted for minutes between Tovell leaving colleagues to enter the church yard alone and the activation of his alarm were uncovered. Police suspended the officer last year after accusing him of arming his Taser and misusing his radio at the churchyard. He was later arrested in March 2018, and during police interview was unable to provide any reasonable explanations. Assistant Chief Constable Tim Smith of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: “A significant amount of time and resources went into investigating what was, on the surface, a report of a very serious assault on a police officer. “But as our enquiries delved deeper into the account given by Tovell, it became clear this report was fabricated and our attentions turned to him. We’re pleased the court has recognised the severity of his actions. “Tovell’s decision to make up being attacked by a group of men not only has a profound impact on the public and its confidence in policing, but also on his colleagues, some of whom have been assaulted while on duty.” View On Police Oracle
  2. source Ridiculously lenient sentence there for what she did. People like her making these allegations ruin lives.

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