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Former Nottinghamshire Police drugs expert, Pc Stuart Clarke, to appear before Chief Constable at misconduct hearing over alleged breach of professional behaviour following investigation overseen by Independent Office for Police Conduct




A former Nottinghamshire Police drugs expert is to appear before a misconduct hearing over an alleged breach of professional behaviour.

Pc Stuart Clarke was the subject of an investigation by the force that was carried out under the direction of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).

A gross misconduct hearing will be held on January 5.

Notts Police (43747939)
Notts Police (43747939)

Nottinghamshire Police said: "A gross misconduct hearing will be held on January 5, 2021, in relation to an alleged breach of professional behaviour by a former Police Constable.

"The standards of professional behaviour relate to discreditable conduct and duties and responsibilities.

Notts Police (43747941)
Notts Police (43747941)

"It is an accelerated hearing led by the Chief Constable and will be held in public at Sherwood Lodge police headquarters."

An IOPC spokesman said: “After we received a conduct referral from Nottinghamshire Police concerning one of their officers in October this year we decided that the force should carry out an investigation under our direction.

"A man was arrested on suspicion of theft in connection with this and released under investigation."

Nottinghamshire Police spokesman said: “As a force we take any allegations involving officers extremely seriously and our professional standards department would always thoroughly investigate any matter raised to us.

“As a force we follow national guidance when responding to media enquiries about arrests in order to ensure fairness."

Pc Clarke has resigned from the force.

He has acted as an expert witness in a significant number of cases involving drugs ­— many of them high profile ­— and has others pending at crown court.

When approached by the Advertiser, Mr Clarke declined to comment on the circumstances surrounding his resignation.



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