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PC sacked for biting woman on nose

A police officer who bit a woman on the nose during an argument has been sacked.

PC Rebecca Barnett, 33, of Wood End, Banbury, pleaded guilty in February to causing grievous bodily harm at Easington Football Club in Addison Road, Banbury.

Thames Valley Police said she argued with the woman at the venue while off duty on June 10 last year.

She grabbed and bit the 29-year-old victim on the nose during what police described as a ‘scuffle’, causing an injury which required surgery and left permanent scarring.

At a special misconduct hearing on Wednesday last week, Chief Constable Francis Habgood dismissed Barnett from the force without notice for gross misconduct.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: “PC Barnett’s actions were very much below the standards expected of an off duty police officer.

“Barnett has been convicted of a violent offence and it would be completely unacceptable for her to continue in her duties protecting the public as a serving police officer.”

Barnett will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on June 11.

Four officers to appear in front of TVP’s misconduct hearings this year have lost their jobs.

Three resigned before their hearings, including a Taplow roads policing officer who was last week barred from the profession for sending sexually explicit messages to a person he thought was a 13-year-old school girl.

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