Bexley police officer to appear in court

PUBLISHED: 16:16 31 October 2014 | UPDATED: 16:31 31 October 2014


A Metropolitan Police Service officer will appear in court to face a charge of conspiracy to pervert the course of public justice.

This follows an Independent Police Complaints Commission investigation (IPCC) into an incident during the student demonstrations in London in 2010.

PC Thomas Barnes, 30, who is based at Bexley Police Station, will appear at Westminster Magistrates Court on Monday (November 3).

The alleged offence relates to an incident on December 9 2010 in Westminster, during which a 20 year old student was arrested on suspicion of threatening to commit criminal damage although no further action was taken against him.

It is alleged that PC Barnes conspired with others to pervert the course of justice through an unlawful arrest.

Two other officers, PC Andrew Ott and PC Calvin Lindsay, have already been charged in relation to the incident.

They are due to stand trial at Southwark Crown Court on May 6 2015.

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