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East London ex-police sergeant sentenced after harassment

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An ex-police sergeant who was hooked up to the Met’s counter-terror squad has been sentenced for harassment.

Syed Ali, who was a part of the East Area command overlaying Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge, was sentenced at Westminster Magistrates’ Court at this time (May 12).

The sentencing follows an investigation led by the directorate {of professional} requirements, which appears to be like into complaints towards cops.

The probe was launched after an allegation was made on July 18 that Ali had harassed a feminine member of the general public between May and July final yr.

Ali was hooked up to the Met’s counter-terror squad SO15 and was in touch with a feminine witness in 2015. He transferred to the East Area command three years later.

In May final yr, Ali started to have interaction in undesirable and inappropriate contact with the identical witness by messaging her on his work cellphone, in line with the Met.

The girl replied in a message that she didn’t need him to contact her however he endured. The harassment carried on till July.

Ali was arrested on July 23 at Ilford Police Station after the harassment was reported to police.

Chief Supt Stephen Clayman, who’s commander for the East Area, mentioned: “The approach wherein Ali performed himself is totally stunning.

“This sort of conduct has completely no place within the organisation and we’re dedicated to bringing the perpetrators of such crimes to justice.”

Ali was sentenced to 6 weeks in jail suspended for 18 months, which means he won’t go to jail so long as he stays out of bother.

He additionally has to hold out 200 hours of unpaid work; pay £200 compensation to the sufferer and is topic to a 3 year-long restraining order barring him from contacting her.

Ali pleaded responsible to the cost on Wednesday, March 24 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.

He resigned from the Met on April 30 after coming into the responsible plea.

His actions will probably be referred to an accelerated misconduct listening to in mild of his conviction.

If the matter is confirmed as gross misconduct, he’ll positioned upon the College of Policing Barred List, which might ban him from working for the police once more.