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Two officers found guilty of assault after on duty incident in Romford

PC Jack Wood will be sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court (credit: Google Maps)

A serving Met officer and a former officer have been found guilty of assault following an on duty incident in Romford last year.

During the incident, a 26-year-old man sustained lacerations to his head as a result of a baton strike when both officers were attending to a fight on Sunday, 5 January. 

A second man, of the same age, was also physically restrained.

A formal complaint was made and referred to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

In July 2020, following an IOPC investigation and a decision by the Crown Prosecution Service, Wood and Payne were charged.

The trial began in February and concluded on Friday, 14 May following a lengthy adjournment.

PC Jack Wood, 26, was convicted of assault occasioning actual bodily harm and assault by beating.

He will be sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, 3 June.

Former PC Archie Payne, 27, was convicted of assault by beating.

He was fined £600 and was ordered to pay £1,000 in costs in addition to a £34 victim surcharge.

The Former PC resigned from the Met last November.

Commander Paul Betts, from the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, said: “We recognise that officers face challenging situations on a daily basis and that the use of force is an unavoidable aspect of frontline policing.

“However it is essential that when force is used it is reasonable, proportionate and lawful.

“In this case, we felt that the force used by these officers was excessive and referred the matter to the IOPC.

“The criminal case has now concluded and a decision will be taken about what further misconduct proceedings should follow.”

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