A WORCESTER policeman has been sacked on the spot following a misconduct hearing.

PC Stuart Harris, aged 45, was dismissed from the force with immediate effect for gross misconduct following a Public Misconduct Hearing, in Leek Wootton in Warwickshire, that ended yesterday (Wednesday, July 12).

Mr Harris, a police constable with West Mercia Police, was dismissed for falsifying training records after an anonymous allegation was made via Crimestoppers.

He had completed nearly four years' service as a firearms officer with West Mercia Police based at Hindlip, Worcester, following a transfer from West Midlands Police.

The panel found that the officer had breached the high standards of behaviour expected by completing training records claiming he had undergone training on two dates last year.

Superintendent Helena Bennett, head of professional standards for Warwickshire Police and West Mercia Police, said: "Although the officer had completed his initial training, these continual training sessions are essential for our officers to ensure they are fully competent and up to date with the latest regulations.

"The panel found that PC Harris' actions amounted to gross misconduct and breached the standards of professional behaviour in the area of honesty and integrity, orders and instructions and duties and responsibilities. It is for this reason he was dismissed from West Mercia Police without notice."

Mr Harris faced a hearing chaired by Harry Ireland and followed an investigation by the professional standards department.

Misconduct hearing are subject to the normal appeals process.

The outcomes of misconduct proceedings are published quarterly on our website. For more information go to westmercia.police.uk/article/12113/How-we-manage-improper-behaviour---Forthcoming-public-misconduct-hearings.