UK: Ex-Newbury police officer who smoked cannabis would have been sacked

The BBC reports..

A former police officer who quit after he admitted smoking cannabis would have been sacked.

Christopher Howarth smoked the joint with friends in July and tested positive for a banned substance after taking a urine test days later.

Mr Howarth, who resigned from Thames Valley Police at the end of that month, worked at Newbury station in Berkshire.

Chief Constable John Campbell said Mr Howarth’s actions “clearly” amounted to gross misconduct.

‘Deeply regretful’

A fast-tracked online misconduct hearing heard Mr Howarth, who only joined the force in June 2020, admitted he smoked the cannabis with friends on 19 July.

He was tested three days later after a tip-off about him potentially using drugs.

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