Norfolk harassment PC 'on duty after arrest'

Bethel Street police station in Norwich The case of PC Matthew Blake was investigated by Norfolk Constabulary's Professional Standards Department

A Norfolk police officer convicted of harassment and public order offences continued to work for more than four months after his arrest, the force has said.

PC Matthew Blake, 38, admitted the offences and was given a two-month sentence, suspended for 12 months, at Norwich Crown Court on Friday.

Blake was placed on restricted duties on his arrest on 19 May last year.

He was suspended when charged on 27 September, a force spokeswoman said.

She said the deputy chief constable assessed each case individually and in line with police conduct regulations,

The offences took place in Norwich between February and July 2013 and related to intimidation.

Blake was also given a two-year restraining order and a 12-month supervision order.

Police said he was still suspended from duty and would be subject to an internal disciplinary process, a date for which had not been set.

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