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Police Officer Sacked After Making Indecent Images Of Children

Met bosses said the behaviour of PC Rupert Watkins, of Bromley, southeast London, "fell far below that which is expected".

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A police officer convicted of making indecent images of children has been sacked following a misconduct hearing.

PC Rupert Watkins, 45, of Bromley, southeast London, was formally dismissed from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on Monday following the internal inquiry, in which he faced charges for discreditable conduct.

Watkins was convicted in December of three counts of making indecent images of children at Westminster magistrates court.

The chair of the misconduct hearing found he had breached the standards of professional behaviour amounting to gross misconduct and dismissed him without notice.

Watkins was arrested in July and suspended from duty the next day.

He was sentenced at Southwark crown court in January when he was handed down a two-year community order with an activity rehabilitation requirement, a five-year sexual harm prevention order and notification order, a £560 fine, and a destruction order of the phone containing the images.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, lead for professional standards at the Met, said: "The behaviour of PC 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."

Sara Spary is a consumer business correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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