Police officer sacked over claims he left a security guard grappling with a thief in Liverpool city centre

PC Jonathan Webb dismissed without notice in first-ever public police misconduct hearing

23 SEPTEMBER 2015 | UPDATED: 23 SEPTEMBER 2015 | BY JOE THOMAS FOR LIVERPOOL ECHO



PC Jonathan Webb who has been sacked

PC Jonathan Webb who has been sacked.


PCs Mark Higgins, Joanne Parr and Paul Birch also failed to meet professional standards when they failed to intervene in a struggle between Tesco security guard Shaun Rigby and the thief in Liverpool city centre.

A force misconduct hearing found PCs Webb and Higgins guilty of gross misconduct and their colleagues of misconduct only after investigating their response on the night of December 5.

Revealing their fate, ACC Pilling told the session PC Webb would be dismissed without notice, while PCs Parr and Birch would receive words of advice on their conduct from management.

Referring to PC Webb, he said: “He failed to maintain high professional standards and we are not convinced he will do so in the future.”

PC Higgins will be issued a final written warning and, after driving without his glasses on the night in question, will not be allowed to drive police vehicles until he is reassessed.

Two days of evidence included statements by the accused officers, Mr Rigby and David Markey – the store duty manager who flagged down the marked car the officers were using to travel from Eaton Road station to a briefing.

After retiring to consider its decision on Tuesday night the three person governing panel, chaired by ACC Pilling, revealed its decision just after 1pm on Wednesday.

PCs Mark Higgins, Joanne Parr and Paul Birch also failed to meet professional standards when they failed to intervene in a struggle between Tesco security guard Shaun Rigby and the thief in Liverpool city centre.

A force misconduct hearing found PCs Webb and Higgins guilty of gross misconduct and their colleagues of misconduct only after investigating their response on the night of December 5.

Revealing their fate, ACC Pilling told the session PC Webb would be dismissed without notice, while PCs Parr and Birch would receive words of advice on their conduct from management.

Referring to PC Webb, he said: “He failed to maintain high professional standards and we are not convinced he will do so in the future.”

PC Higgins will be issued a final written warning and, after driving without his glasses on the night in question, will not be allowed to drive police vehicles until he is reassessed.

Two days of evidence included statements by the accused officers, Mr Rigby and David Markey – the store duty manager who flagged down the marked car the officers were using to travel from Eaton Road station to a briefing.

After retiring to consider its decision on Tuesday night the three person governing panel, chaired by ACC Pilling, revealed its decision just after 1pm on Wednesday.

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