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Breaches in professional standards proven against former Police Constable

News   •   Mar 21, 2019 06:00 GMT

Breaches in professional standards have been found proven against a former Police Constable.

On Wednesday, 20 March, at a Special Case Hearing, former PC Benjamin Zola, who was attached to Central East Command Unit, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable conduct.

On 28 June 2018 PC Zola's car was seen by police to be driving dangerously in the Catford area. A short time later, the vehicle was found abandoned having crashed into parked vehicles and with the airbags having been deployed.

On 29 June 2018, PC Zola was arrested for dangerous driving and leaving the scene of an accident.

On Tuesday, 22 January, PC Zola appeared at Woolwich Crown Court and was sentenced to: six months' imprisonment, suspended for two years; an overnight curfew for two months; 100 hours' community service; £115 victim surcharge and disqualified from driving for 18 months and until test passed.

Former PC Zola had resigned in advance of the hearing and his last day as a serving MPS officer was 18 March 2019, however, had he still been serving, he would have been dismissed without notice.