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Wisbech police officer quits before he is sacked for gross misconduct

A police officer who quit just days ahead of a disciplinary hearing has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

PC James Battson was based at Wisbech police station.
PC James Battson was based at Wisbech police station.

The panel, meeting in Peterborough on Wednesday, agreed PC James Battson's conduct amounted to gross misconduct and he would have been dismissed if he had not resigned first.

PC Battson, who was based at Wisbech police station, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour for both confidentiality, orders and instructions and discreditable conduct through his misuse of police computer systems.

The allegations dated to between February 16 and March 31 this year when PC Battson, whilst on and off duty, accessed Cambridgeshire police computer systems with no policing purpose to do so.

He was told by his supervisors that he shouldn't be accessing the data.

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