Search

Officer found guilty of excessive use of force during King’s Cross arrest

PUBLISHED: 10:27 15 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:10 15 May 2017

Pc Kerry Reynolds was found guilty of committing gross misconduct while making an arrest at King's Cross station in February last year. Picture: Peter Alvey

Pc Kerry Reynolds was found guilty of committing gross misconduct while making an arrest at King's Cross station in February last year. Picture: Peter Alvey

Peter Alvey

A British Transport Police officer who used excessive force during an arrest has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Pc Kerry Reynolds was also found to have used disrespectful and offensive language about the detainee during an arrest at King’s Cross St Pancras on February 18 last year.

And in spite of knowing he was under investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after a colleague informed a manager of his behaviour, Reynolds broke the rules further by discussing the subsequent enquiry with witnesses and investigators.

In the hearing on Friday an IPCC panel found Pc Reynolds’ use of force to be “unnecessary, unreasonable and disproportionate” besides finding him guilty of being in breach of authority and confidentiality.

The officer – who is based in north London – was sacked without notice.

Deputy chief constable Adrian Hanstock, said: “Every day, our officers and staff do extraordinary things to protect the most vulnerable and safeguard the public from harm. Incidents such as this undermine all of that work and damage public trust.

“It is regrettable Pc Reynolds did not demonstrate the level of professional control and restraint in line with his training and our code of behaviour. This incident does not reflect the professionalism of BTP officers,” he added.

Dep Ch Con Hanstock went on to say the BTP continued to scrutinise its use of force in line with national guidelines.

“We place great emphasis on the careful recruitment and intensive training of our officers to uphold our high standards and recognise the responsibilities associated with the privileged role they hold,” he said.

Related articles

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Islington Gazette visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Islington Gazette staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Islington Gazette account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Latest Islington News Stories

15:43

Ron Granger is a third generation Chapel Market trader, and has been there himself for 40 years. He tells the Gazette how they can fight the ‘big boys’.

15:04

A fundraiser has been launched to buy a new bike for a distraught midwife who had hers stolen outside a pub in Barnsbury.

12:59

Islington Boxing Club’s future in the borough is guaranteed after it agreed a long-term lease with the council.

09:00

Inner London’s first trampoline park will finally open this weekend at the Sobell Leisure Centre.

12:39

Jeremy Corbyn has championed the efforts of a school marking a decade of opening its doors to homeless people over the festive period.

10:39

A bookkeeper managed to steal the equivalent of £92,000 from her employers over two and a half years before they realised anything was amiss.

Yesterday, 13:01

A Finsbury pub has sacked off all meat and dairy to go 100 per cent vegan.

Yesterday, 10:08

A huge ceramic tile installation will grace the new City North development next to Finsbury Park station when it opens in early 2020.

PROMOTED CONTENT

“With teenagers there’s a lot of banter, and you can really establish a relationship. You have to trust teenagers to make their own decisions.”

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Islington Gazette
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now