South Yorkshire Police officer to face hearing over claims he bugged woman’s home and assaulted her

A serving South Yorkshire police officer will face a misconduct hearing after being accused of bugging a woman’s home to listen in on her private conversations.

Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 8:02 am
Updated Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 4:09 pm

PC Christopher Birkett is accused of placing covert listening devices in a woman’s home on ‘various dates’ between March 2007 and August 2017 to listen in on her conversations.

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The police officer is also facing an allegation that he assaulted the complainant by ‘pushing her and holding a coat over her head, causing her shock and distress’.

A misconduct hearing is due to get underway this morning and is expected to last four days.

PC Birkett is due to answer allegations that his behaviour breach of the standards expected of police officers