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Skull threat Greater Manchester Pc faces hearing

Pc Jason Harvey from Greater Manchester Police
Pc Jason Hanvey acted like a "bully" in a "street gang"

A police officer who threatened to "rip the skull" off a teenage girl in a "total abuse of authority" will face a disciplinary hearing.

Pc Jason Hanvey was convicted of misconduct in public office for using unlawful force against the 18-year-old.

Sgt Andrew Kennedy was also convicted on Thursday of misconduct over the incident at Collyhurst station in 2008.

Greater Manchester Police said the two officers had been placed on restricted duties away from a custody environment.

The two policemen were found guilty of misconduct in a public office at Manchester Crown Court.

Two other police officers, Pc Kenneth John Wilson and Pc Kerry Louise Williams and civilian detention officer Kristina Hawkins, were found not guilty of any charges in relation to the incident, the IPCC confirmed.

'Utterly shocking'

The convictions of Pc Hanvey and Pc Kennedy follow an investigation led by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) which said they acted like they were members of a "street gang".

The officers arrested two women, who were 18 at the time, in Piccadilly Gardens on suspicion of assault.

There was no justification for the behaviour whatsoever
Naseem Malik, IPCC commissioner

One of the teenagers was "threatened and abused and treated in an utterly shocking way", the IPCC found.

The women were later convicted of common assault in relation to the incident, the IPCC said.

Naseem Malik, IPCC commissioner said: "People who are arrested should expect to be treated in a professional manner by the police officers who deal with them.

"But in this case this young woman was treated in an utterly shocking way.

"Pc Hanvey acted like a bully and threatened and abused this girl. Sgt Kennedy failed to use his authority to stop the abuse.

"Their actions were what you might expect from a street gang, not professional police officers.

"There was no justification for the behaviour whatsoever. It was appalling and a total abuse of authority.

"I welcome the verdict of the court - it is a clear message that police officers are not above the law."

Ch Supt Dave Keller of GMP said: "Following the conviction of two of the officers, a decision will now be made regarding disciplinary hearings."

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