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PC Adam Scarratt held to have used excessive force and to have lied about incident afterwards

Thames Valley Police has sacked a police constable without notice following an incident in which he hit a cyclist three times with a baton.

A hearing, held at the force’s headquarters in Kidlington, Oxfordshire last week, examined misconduct charges against PC Adam Scarratt, who was based at the Cowley police station in Oxford.

It concluded that he breached standards of professional behaviour relating to use of force and with regard to honesty and integrity.

The hearing was held following an incident on 4 October 2017 during which the officer tried to stop a man who was riding a bicycle on Van Diemen’s Lane in Oxford.

Thames Valley Police said that instead of asking the man to stop, PC Scarratt used foul language.

When the cyclist did not stop, the officer hit him twice with his baton. The cyclist got off his bike, whereupon Scarratt hit him a third time, causing the man to fall to the ground.

After the incident, PC Scarratt gave a statement that Thames Valley Police said “was materially inaccurate and untrue.”

The force’s deputy chief constable, John Campbell, commented: “PC Scarratt’s actions fell well below the standard expected of our officers in that he used force completely inappropriately, he then acted dishonestly as he gave an account of the incident that was not true.

“As such he has been dismissed from the Force without notice,” he added.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.