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Thames Valley Police officer dismissed after assault conviction

A Thames Valley Police officer has been dismissed from the force after being found guilty of assault.

PC Ben Howes, 32, who worked in Oxfordshire, was convicted of assault by beating at Basingstoke Magistrates' Court in August.

Police said the offence took place in May 2015, while he was off-duty.

He was dismissed without notice from Thames Valley Police for discreditable conduct following a misconduct hearing.

Howes, from Oxford, was given a community order.

He had pleaded not guilty at a hearing at Basingstoke Magistrates Court on 15 August.

Deputy Chief Constable John Campbell said: "He had been found guilty of a crime and given the circumstances it is unacceptable for him to continue serve with the force."

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