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Officer on barred list after flouting Covid rules and lying

The former West Midlands officer had resigned from the force in June.

PC Mohammed Miah broke coronavirus restrictions by travelling to London because he was “bored” and later lied about self-isolating. 

The officer had joined the force in 2020 and worked at the Lloyd House headquarters checking incident logs. 

On November 15 2020, he drove to London while there was a lockdown. He was subsequently stopped by Met officers who asked him why he had made the journey. 

Although he did not claim to be on police business, he produced his warrant card. 

He said he’d made the trip because he was bored during lockdown. He was not issued a fine, but was directed to leave as officers used the four E’s approach during Covid. 

When he was subsequently questioned by a supervisor on his return to work, he lied about the trip and said he had been self-isolating from 15-23 November due to displaying Covid symptoms. 

He resigned from the force in June, but a misconduct panel has now said he would be been dismissed. 

Chairman of the independent panel, Tanveer Rakhim, said :“The Covid restrictions were known, it was well publicised. We expect a police officer to be aware of them. Despite these, PC Miah still drove to London when there was no reasonable excuse.

“We must also take into consideration misconduct that undermines discipline and good order in the police service.  

“In this case we found that deceiving fellow police officers and lying to colleagues and supervisors undermines discipline and good order in the police service.”

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