Derbyshire cop sacked for aiming kick at man gets job back - for now

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A former Derbyshire police officer who was sacked for aiming a kick at a member of the public has temporarily got his job back.

Former police constable Steven Parsons was dismissed in May after a misconduct panel ruled he aimed the kick at a man who had been restrained on the floor during a night out in 2016.

He denied the allegation and, at an appeal hearing at Derbyshire police headquarters in Ripley yesterday, he fought to get his job back.

Mr Parsons's legal representative, Colin Banham, criticised how the original hearing in May was handled.

At the latest hearing, which heard a day of evidence, a panel, led by a legally qualified independent chair, ruled that another hearing should take place at a later date and that the officer should be able to return to work in the meantime.

Mr Banham told the hearing yesterday that there was "irrelevant and prejudicial material" put before the panel at the first hearing.

Pictured is Derbyshire police headquarters in Ripley

The appeal hearing was held at Derbyshire police headquarters in Ripley

He added: "The panel played significant emphasis on the CCTV. Yet there were no witnesses called who were present at the scene."

Mr Banham said he thought witnesses should have been called at the original hearing to avoid "preferring one person's evidence over the other".

Mr Banham said: "We have watched it [the CCTV] before coming into this room. It is not clear on the CCTV what happened. It was an unreasonable decision not to call these witnesses by the chair."

He also described the CCTV as being of "not good quality".

Mr Banham said the opinions of police officers who dealt with the original case were put in a bundle of evidence that the panel members of the original hearing read. He described this as "inadmissible material".

And he described the evidence against Mr Parsons as "one-sided".

A spokeswoman for Derbyshire police said yesterday: "The police appeals tribunal, held on January 11, upheld an appeal by Steven Parsons, who was dismissed in May 2017 for gross misconduct.

"However, the independent, legally qualified chair has ruled that Mr Parsons's gross misconduct panel should be reconvened. This will be at a date to be fixed.

"Discussions are ongoing with Mr Parsons regarding his return to work and the role he will undertake."

The original hearing in May lasted several days and some of it was heard in private.

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