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Bromley police officer who made indecent images of children given community order and dismissed

PUBLISHED: 13:14 22 March 2016 | UPDATED: 13:14 22 March 2016

New Scotland Yard in central London.

New Scotland Yard in central London.

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He was formally dismissed for discreditable conduct

A 45-year-old police constable who made indecent images of children has been given a two year community order and dismissed from Met Police.

Rupert Watkins was formally dismissed yesterday (Monday) after he faced charges of discreditable conduct.

Watkins was convicted of three offences of making indecent images of children on December 16 last year, at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

The offender was arrested on July last year.

He was sentenced in January at Southwark Crown Court to a two year community order with an activity rehabilitation requirement, a sexual harm prevention order lasting for five years, notification order lasting five years.

Watkins was also ordered to forfeit the phone containing the indecent images he had made, which was then destroyed, and was given a £560 prosecution costs/surcharge.

Deputy assistant commissioner Fiona Taylor, lead for Professional Standards said:

“The behaviour of Watkins fell far below that which is expected of a police officer and therefore it is only right the chair held him to account and the officer was dismissed from the MPS.”

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