Tuesday, 20 September 2016

Cop Loses Job Over Transport Fare

A woman police officer who refused to pay a £24 taxi fare and fled after a 'social night out with colleagues' has been relieved of her job.

A Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) misconduct hearing was told that PC Nicola Elston, 30, was
'jaded through drink' when she refused to pay the cab fare in Croydon.The officer was also accused of threatening and punching the taxi driver in the stomach but cleared after an earlier trial at Southwark Crown court.

  She had initially claimed that she was also innocent of theft but the jury convicted her after a three-day trial, allowing the MPS to conclude the disciplinary proceedings.

 Summarizing the charge at the tribunal, Assistant Commissioner Helen King said:

‘It was alleged that you were requested for payment by Mr Ali (the driver) and alighted the vehicle. ‘Mr Ali repeated his request for payment and you threatened to punch him. ‘He alleged that you punched him and he saw you enter an address. You were arrested later that same night.’

 In a statement, Elston said: ‘I apologise for this matter and, in hindsight, I should have dealt with it in a different manner. ‘I accept that it is hard to continue to employ me, especially if I was asked to give evidence in court and would have to declare any convictions.’ The hearing was told that Elston, who was working for the Missing Persons Unit in Brixton while placed under restrictions, had drunk ‘a considerable amount of alcohol’. She claimed that she had the correct amount for the fare and had left it in the cab.


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