Police officer sacked for biting woman's nose

A police officer has been sacked for biting a woman's nose leaving her victim with permanent scarring.

Pc Rebecca Barnett was dismissed from Thames Valley Police following a disciplinary hearing which found that her off-duty actions amounted to gross misconduct.

Pc Barnett has previously pleaded guilty to a charge of GBH without intent in relation to the incident which happened on June 10 2017, in Banbury, Oxfordshire.

She will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on June 11.

Sentencing will take place in June at Oxford Crown Court (Steve Parsons/PA)
Sentencing will take place in June at Oxford Crown Court (Steve Parsons/PA)

A force spokesman said: "Whilst off duty, Pc Barnett became involved in an argument with a woman, and a scuffle ensued.

"Pc Barnett then grabbed the woman and bit her on the nose, causing a significant injury, which required surgery and has left the victim with permanent scarring."

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: "Pc Barnett's actions were very much below the standards expected of an off-duty police officer.

"Barnett has been convicted of a violent offence and it would be completely unacceptable for her to continue in her duties protecting the public as a serving police officer."

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