South Yorkshire Police misconduct case dropped at eleventh hour

A South Yorkshire Police officer facing a misconduct hearing had his case dropped.

Wednesday, 13th January 2021, 1:20 pm

PC Mohammed Aref was due to attend a hearing beginning on Monday, January 11, over allegations that that he used ‘unnecessary force’ during an incident at a mosque in Rotherham.

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It was alleged that on Friday, September 6, PC Aref attended the Jamia Masjid Mosque, Tooker Road, Moorgate, while on duty as a Specialist Community Engagement Officer.

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A South Yorkshire Police officer facing a misconduct hearing has had his case dropped

It was claimed that PC Aref ‘applied force to a member of the public, which was not necessary, proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances’.

But two days before the hearing was due to begin, South Yorkshire Police said new information came to light.

The force said: “Information was brought to the attention of the Appropriate Authority, requiring an immediate assessment where the decision was made that there was no case to answer.

“As such, the case was dismissed and the hearing did not take place.”

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