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Two police officers sacked over death of Bromley teenager

PUBLISHED: 09:58 05 February 2016 | UPDATED: 15:44 08 February 2016

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PC Claire Derbyshire and PC Peter Cruise were dismissed for gross misconduct

Two Met police officers were sacked for gross misconduct last night, following the death of a Bromley teenager.

George Verrier, 17, died following an incident in September 2013 in Southborough Road.

PC Claire Derbyshire and PC Peter Cruise faced a public misconduct hearing for breach of standards of professional behaviour, relating to honesty and integrity, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct when called to the incident.

After the hearing held over four days, the panel found cases against both officers to be proven.

PC Derbyshire and PC Cruise dealt with George after he was assaulted but it was found that both officers conducted no or insufficient enquiries regarding the identities or particulars of the victims, suspect and witnesses.

They also failed to ascertain the victim was only 17 and that other young men were at the scene who had been drinking with juveniles.

It was further found that both officers failed to result the incident properly and knowingly made misleading and inaccurate reports of the outcome.

Deputy assistant commissioner Fiona Taylor said: “George’s death must have been heart-breaking for his family.

“At the very point George needed the Metropolitan Police service, these officers let him down causing his family even more distress.

“Their actions clearly fell far below the standard of professional behaviour we expect from our officers and they failed to assist someone who was clearly in need of their help.”

In October 2014, Benjamin Hayes, 20, of Constable Mews, was found guilty of the manslaughter of George and was jailed for four and a half years.

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