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British Transport Police officer dismissed after altercation in Stratford

The officer was accused of breaching the standards of professional behaviour (credit: British Transport Police)

A British Transport Police officer has been dismissed without notice after an altercation at Westfield shopping centre. 

PC Mahbub Ahmed, based at Stratford station, was on duty when he got into an altercation with a man at the mall on Monday, 4 June 2018. 

He struck the man with his baton and shot captor spray at him. The spray fires a stream of liquid into a person’s eyes, burning them and reducing their ability to resist. 

PC Ahmed was accused of breaching the standards of professional behaviour in regards to use of force and authority, respect and courtesy. 

The officer attended a hearing in York where an independent panel found his actions were disproportionate and unjustified and as such amounted to gross misconduct. 

“PC Ahmed’s actions were completely inappropriate, and he brought discredit on the service,” said the Head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, Detective Superintendent Peter Fulton. 

“The public expect our officers to uphold the law and protect them from harm, and PC Ahmed’s actions threatened to undermine that confidence.

“Officers are expected to exercise self-restraint and use reasonable levels of force when it is appropriate to do so, however in this particular situation PC Ahmed’s reaction was unnecessary and inexcusable. I support the decision of the independent panel to dismiss him with immediate effect.”

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