South Yorkshire Police officer faces misconduct hearing over alleged incident at mosque

A South Yorkshire Police officer is to face a misconduct hearing over an alleged incident at a mosque.

Tuesday, 5th January 2021, 11:57 am

Police Constable Mohammed Aref has been called to a hearing later this month over an allegation that he ‘applied force to a member of the public, which was not necessary, proportionate and reasonable in the circumstances’.

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The incident is alleged to have occurred at the Jamia Masjid Mosque, Tooker Road, Moorgate, on Friday, September 6, 2019.

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A cordon of police tape (Photo credit should read NIKLAS HALLE'N/AFP via Getty Images)

PC Aref was on duty at the time in his role as a Specialist Community Engagement Officer.

The hearing is to be held at South Yorkshire Police’s professional standards department.

Last month an officer who resigned before a misconduct hearing was barred from policing after allegations that he made ‘numerous inappropriate sexualised comments to a female colleague’.

The behaviour was found to have amounted to gross misconduct and it was stated that he would have been sacked if still employed by the force.

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