Officer reinstated after being taken off duty due to false claims

Police officer is reinstated after being taken off duty for TWO YEARS because boy, 14, with a history of lying falsely claimed he had punched him in the face

  • Paul Evans, 52, from South Wales, is hate crime officer or South Wales Police
  • Accused of using unnecessary force on 14-year-old boy and was found innocent
  • Police Federation hit out at the two-year delay for the highly-commended officer

A police officer who was falsely accused of assault by a 14-year-old boy two years ago will finally be able to return to his frontline duties.

PC Paul Evans, 52, from Bridgend, South Wales, a hate crime officer in the community engagement team for South Wales Police, was left having to prove the schoolboy had lied about the bogus attack in court and at a disciplinary hearing.   

Today Police Federation chiefs hit out at the ‘unacceptable’ two-year delay for highly-commended officer PC Evans to return to work. 

The police officer, who was acquitted of using unnecessary force on the boy on May 22, was called to the domestic incident at the family’s home in January 2018 because the boy was ‘smashing the place up’ in an argument with his mother.

PC Paul Evans (pictured outside Cardiff Magistrates’ Court), 52, from Bridgend, South Wales, was taken off duty for two years after a 14-year-old boy falsely accused the officer of assault

The boy – who has the Attention Deficit and Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – later accused PC Evans of grabbing his throat and punching him three times in the face.

The schoolboy claimed he suffered a bleeding nose, chipped tooth and bruising on his face when the PC lashed out at being called a ‘pig’ and ‘p***y’.

However PC Evans always insisted the teenager had falsified the assault while being arrested for affray – and instead ‘face-planted’ the floor in a struggle after he locked himself in the bathroom.

The officer, who trained to deal with hate crime confrontations in the force’s community engagement team, told the court: ‘It was a lie. It was all fabricated.’

The court heard how the boy had a history of false allegations including making a hoax call to police claiming to have found ‘nail bombs’ at his school.

But it has taken PC Evans since January 2018 to clear his name of misconduct in order to return to frontline work in South Wales.

PC Evans, who always insisted the teenager had falsified the assault, was acquitted of using unnecessary force on the boy on May 22

South Wales Police Federation Chair Steve Treharne said: ‘The length of time in bringing this misconduct case, like so many others we see, is not acceptable.

‘The time delay alone causes anxiety and stress to our colleagues, who are human beings like everybody else.

‘There is also a cost to the people of South Wales Police – who were denied the frontline service of this highly commended and capable officer for over two years.

‘It is absolutely right that police officers are accountable for their actions and decisions. PC Evans was cleared by a court and by a misconduct panel after careful consideration of all the evidence.

‘He is greatly relieved that nearly two and a half years of worry uncertainty are at an end – but it has been a hugely stressful ordeal for PC Evans and his family.’

The force said the constable had been under ‘intense scrutiny’ and its focus was now on getting him back to work on frontline duty.

South Wales Police assistant chief constable Andy Valentine said the misconduct panel had found no case to answer.

The police officer was found not guilty of common assault by beating at a three-day trial at Cardiff Magistrates Court in October 2018 

He said: ‘The allegation made against PC Evans was subject to an independent investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct which found the officer had a case to answer for gross misconduct.

‘However, a misconduct panel, comprising of a legally qualified chair, a police superintendent and an independent member, has concluded that the officer has no case to answer.

‘The officer has been subject to intense scrutiny over the two years since this allegation was made and our focus now will be to offer him the support he needs to return to serving the communities of South Wales.’

PC Evans faced both criminal and misconduct hearings after the house call in January 2018.

He was found not guilty of common assault by beating at a three-day trial at Cardiff Magistrates Court in October 2018 – and on Friday cleared of misconduct in a four-day hearing by a disciplinary panel.

A spokesman the Police Federation said: ‘Police Officers must make split second decisions. They do not have the luxury to digest and scrutinise all the evidence and then decide after many days, weeks or months.’

PC Evans’ Federation representative PC Darran Fenton added: ‘PC Evans is relieved that the panel found he had not breached any misconduct matters in this case. Over the past two years this investigation has put an immense strain on him and those close to him.’

Catrin Evans, Independent Office for Police Conduct director for Wales, said it was ‘appropriate’ to carry out a thorough investigation.

She said: ‘While we found a case to answer following our investigation, it is not for us to determine the outcome and this has been decided by a panel.’

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Police officer warned for not finding drugs in George Kay's hotel room

Police officer is given written warning after failing to find drugs inside hotel room where Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay was ‘eating cocaine’ before he died of overdose

  • George Kay died on July 6, 2019 after being found in a distressed state at a hotel
  • Police officers attended the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver at 9.54pm on July 5 
  • Officers did not seize any drugs but staff found Kay ‘eating cocaine’ the next day
  • A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing concluded with an officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’

A police officer has been given a written warning after failing to seize drugs inside a hotel room where George Kay was ‘eating cocaine’ before he died of an overdose. 

A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing into George Kay’s death has concluded with a police officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’.

George Kay, the ex-husband of music star and TV personality Kerry Katona, died on July 6, 2019 after he was found in a distressed state at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn.

George Kay, the ex-husband of music star and TV personality Kerry Katona, died on July 6, 2019. A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing into George Kay’s death has given a police officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’

Mr Kay was said to be acting erratically on July 5 and refused to return to his room, prompting staff to call Cheshire police, reported the Liverpool Echo. 

Officers attended at 9.54pm on July 5 and spoke to staff so he could remain at the Holiday Inn overnight.

Police were said to have left the hotel after Mr Kay agreed to return to his room. 

Hotel staff went to check on the former rugby league star at around 10am on July 6 to find Mr Kay ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’ which had been placed on a desk. 

The police and the North West Ambulance service were called, with Mr Kay being taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment.

George Kay was found in a distressed state at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn (pictured) before he died at Warrington General Hospital. Officers attended the hotel at 9.54pm on July 5 but left when Mr Kay agreed to return to his room

Hotel staff went to check on the former rugby league star at around 10am on July 6 to find Mr Kay ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’ which had been placed on a desk 

Mr Kay, who is the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-George, aged five, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.  

Following a misconduct hearing, an unnamed police officer has been given a written warning for failing to seize a ‘small quantity of a substance believed to be a controlled drug’ in George Kay’s hotel bathroom.

A notice on the Force website said: ‘A police officer failed to take positive action when dealing with a guest at The Holiday Inn in Runcorn on July 5, 2019.

‘The officer failed to search the guest despite there being reasonable grounds to do so.

‘The officer failed to seize a small quantity of a substance believed to be a controlled drug in the bathroom of the hotel room.

‘The officer switched off their body worn video prior to entering the bathroom where the substance believed to be a controlled drug was found.

‘The actions of the officer were not captured.’

Mr Kay is the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-George, aged five. He posted a picture on Facebook with his daughter just weeks before his death  

The force said it has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which investigates any potential failings by police officers. 

A spokesman from Cheshire Police said last year: ‘At 9.54pm on Friday, July 5, police received a report of concern for the safety of a 39-year-old man at a hotel on Wood Lane, Sutton Weaver. 

‘Officers attended and spoke to the man, as well as hotel staff. All parties agreed that he could remain at the hotel.

‘At 10.11am on Saturday, July 6, police received a further report of concern for the man’s safety.

‘Due to the information provided the caller was advised to contact North West Ambulance Service for assistance.

 Mr Kay, who was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017, had a history of mental health issues and drug use

‘Paramedics attended the hotel and the man was taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment, where he sadly later died.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

‘As with any death following police contact, Cheshire Constabulary has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’

Staff at the hotel were offered counselling after the traumatic incident, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Mr Kay, who was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017, had a history of mental health issues and drug use. 

The pair met as teenagers while pupils at Padgate High School in Warrington.  

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