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Misconduct Hearings

We demand the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from our officers and staff. Where those standards are not met, misconduct proceedings may be started.

This page provides information on both upcoming misconduct hearings and the outcome of cases of formal misconduct proceedings.

We are committed to transparency and accountability.As such we will publish the outcomes of misconduct meetings, misconduct hearings. This includes those who resign prior to the conclusion of misconduct proceedings (where it is established that there was a case to answer).

Professional standards for Bedfordshire Police is overseen by the collaborated Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department.

Attending a hearing

Police misconduct hearings are held in public and we will advertise notices of hearings on this page.

The notice provides information about the hearing including how to apply to attend. It also gives details of any exclusions or attendance conditions which have been set by the person who is to chair the hearing.

In the event that the chair of the hearing sets conditions for public attendance the below may apply:

Any person wishing to attend the hearing must register their details in advance.  Failure to register will lead to entry being declined. The registration facility will close three working days before the hearing.

Members of the public are required to be in possession of valid photographic identification upon arrival and produce it upon request. Failure to do so will lead to entry being declined.

Public attendees are prohibited from using any sound or film recording equipment at the hearings or taking photographs of the proceedings.

Members of the public attending the hearing do so at their own expense.

Any person whose behaviour is deemed likely to disrupt proceeding may be excluded.

Additionally the chair may set any additional conditions he decides are appropriate to the particular case.

The notice will also give access to a public guidance and advice document which gives practical advice about various matters including an age limit applied to attendance, facilities at the venue and the use of mobile phones. 

Members of the public attending the hearing are expected to do so at their own expense, except where they are attending as a witness (if any). In the case that more people wish to attend the hearing than can be accommodated, priority will be given to the complainant, any interested person, and, where appropriate, anyone acting as an observer on behalf of the IOPC.

The taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording equipment during the hearing is prohibited, except for official use.

Misconduct Hearings

Special Inspector Ash Harris

Date: Monday 17 January to Friday 21 January, from 10am

Location: Kings House, 245 Ampthill Road, Bedford MK45 9AZ

Whilst on on duty, Special Inspector Ash Harris is alleged to have made a number of sexualised comments to junior members of his team. He is also alleged to have inappropriately touched another junior ranking officer whilst on duty on more than one occasion.

 The Appropriate Authority will contend that the officer breached the following Standard of Professional Behaviour: Authority, Respect and Courtesy and Discreditable Conduct.

 Anyone wishing to attend should email publichearings@bedfordshire.pnn.police.uk by 4pm on Friday 14 January 2022.

Members of the public attending the hearing are expected to do so at their own expense, except where they are attending as a witness (if any). In the case that more people wish to attend the hearing than can be accommodated, priority will be given to the complainant, any interested person, and, where appropriate, anyone acting as an observer on behalf of the IOPC.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there will be a limited number of persons allowed in the venue.

The taking of photographs and the use of film or sound recording equipment during the hearing is prohibited, except for official use.

Misconduct Outcomes

PC Mark Bellwood

PC Mark Bellwood has been found to have committed gross misconduct for using photographs of a colleague to set up a fake online dating profile in order to message his ex-partner.

PC Mark Bellwood took the images from his colleague’s private Facebook account to set up the profile in a bid to establish why their relationship had ended. The matter was reported to the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Professional Standards Department which assessed the incident as a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, namely discreditable conduct; honesty and integrity; authority, respect and courtesy.

PC Bellwood admitted the conduct and handed in his resignation ahead of a fast track hearing chaired by Chief Constable Garry Forsyth on Friday (17 December). He was found to have committed gross misconduct and would have been dismissed without notice had he not already resigned. He will also be placed on a barred list.

Previous misconduct hearings

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