Met Police Sergeant grabbed driver and yelled at him in road rage attack

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An ex-Metropolitan Police Sergeant assaulted someone and was physically and verbally aggressive while collecting a broken hoover.

PS Paul Knight would have been sacked had he still been on the beat after putting his hands on a member of the public, a hearing held last week (June 20) concluded.

On April 10 this year, former PS Knight pleaded guilty to one charge of assault by beating on September 22, 2023, at Boston Magistrates’ Court. The panel heard that at around 1pm that day, the victim was also driving to collect their damaged hoover on St Mary’s Street, Stamford, Lincolnshire.

As he parked and got out of his car, Knight - who was off duty at the time and driving a white van in the opposite direction - shouted: “What are you doing?”

The victim could hear Knight’s voice getting closer to him and assumed he was out of his van.

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Knight then asked him: “What f****** awful driving is that?” The Sergeant put his hands on the victim’s shoulders and spun him round, where he almost lost balance. Knight was so close that the victim thought he was going to be attacked, he claimed.

Knight grabbed onto the victim’s shoulders and said: "You must deal with me.” The victim however managed to get away from his grip, not understanding what Knight’s problem was.

But Knight followed him into the repair shop, grabbed his shoulders again and said: "Are you going to deal with me?”

The panel then heard that the shop owner asked Knight to leave after witnessing the attack.

However, the victim managed to note down Knight’s number plate. Knight was fined £1,200, ordered to pay compensation of £500 and costs of £85 for the attack. He is barred from policing for life as a result.

Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist said: “The gravity of former PS Knight’s behaviour means that I do not consider that any sanction less than dismissal without notice is justified. A lesser outcome would not serve to mark the seriousness of his misconduct, deter others from similar misconduct and fulfil the purpose of the police misconduct regime.

“Therefore, having considered the matter fully and including the nature and severity of the breaches of the Standards of Professional Behaviour, my decision is that former PS Knight: Would have been dismissed if still serving and as such, shall be placed on the College of Policing Barred list.”

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