Met officer sacked for shocking attack on woman

A Met police officer who assaulted a woman in London has been dismissed without notice by a gross misconduct board.

PC James Kiddie was caught on camera launching a shocking assault on the suspected shoplifter. He pinned her to the ground before punching her in the head in the Regent Street branch of clothes shop Uniqlo.

CCTV footage showed PC Kiddie yanking the woman by her hair before assaulting her and handcuffing her hands behind her back on 26th November 2012.

In February 2014 PC Kiddie was found guilty of common assault. He appealed against that conviction in April 2014 but the Judge upheld the Magistrate’s findings.

Westminster Borough Commander Chief Superintendent Paul Rickett said: “Police officers join the Met to protect and serve the public and I was extremely shocked to learn and indeed see what happened.

“Where an officer’s behaviour falls short of the very high standards that we and the public expect of them, then it is only right that they are held to account and PC Kiddie has paid for his actions.”

He added that behaviour such as PC Kiddie’s “casts a shadow over the thousands of officers who are on duty right now demonstrating bravery, compassion, integrity and professionalism.”