Fedster + 1,307 Posted January 2, 2018 Share Posted January 2, 2018 Deputy chief is currently on secondment to the National Crime Agency. Matthew Horne speaking at a police chiefs' conference last year The deputy chief constable jointly leading the UK policing's Brexit response is accused of throwing a rubber stress ball at a junior colleague's throat, leaving a red mark. Matthew Horne, of Essex Police, is accused of breaching professional standards. He faces a force misconduct hearing in Chelmsford on January 15. The officer is on secondment to the NCA where he is helping lead law enforcement's response to Brexit. He told a chiefs' conference in November about the work being done to engage with partners as the UK prepares to leave the European Union. A document released by the force ahead of the process alleges that DCC Horne threw the rubber stress ball "for no apparent reason" while in his office with two colleagues. "Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, you threw a rubber 'stress ball' at [a junior colleague], which hit him in the throat and left a red mark," the document alleges. The incident is said to have happened on an unknown date between October 2015 and May 2016. DCC Horne is further accused of pushing the junior colleague "with two hands, causing him to fall on to a desk", and it is alleged that this happened "during a conversation about policing matters, and for no apparent reason". DCC Horne is also accused of repeatedly swearing at a second colleague during a confrontation in a car park outside the force's control room. He allegedly "stood with clenched fists, leaning in towards" the colleague and said he "had to leave before (he) punched something". The accusation list notes that "senior police officers are critical role models and are expected to lead by example and confronting a junior colleague in public in this manner was a breach". The misconduct hearing, to be chaired by Dorian Lovell-Pank QC, is listed for six days. The scheduling of the hearing follows an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission into the alleged incidents. View On Police Oracle Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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