MPS officer Robert Powell who lied after losing handcuffs is dismissed

An officer from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) who lied about losing a set of handcuffs that were stolen by a suspect has been dismissed without notice.

Police Constable Robert Powell was on duty with the MPS’s South East Command Unit in Bexleyheath on December 31, 2019, when officers stopped a vehicle and detained a group as part of a drugs search.

One male was handcuffed but managed to run away. A short time later, PC Powell was put in contact with the suspect by a member of the public.

He arranged to meet the previously detained male – who was still in possession of the handcuffs – and provided assurances he would not be arrested.

After retrieving the handcuffs in person, PC Powell then made a false radio broadcast stating that a vehicle had driven past without stopping and the handcuffs had been thrown out of the window.

An independent police misconduct hearing, which took place on July 21, found that his actions breached the standards of honesty and integrity, duties and responsibilities and discreditable conduct.

He was dismissed without notice.

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