'Betrayed' Kent police officer Fran Croucher resigns

Fran Croucher
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PC Fran Croucher said she is to stand for the position of Police Commissioner

A Kent police officer accused and cleared of wasting police time has resigned because she feels "betrayed" by senior officers.

PC Fran Croucher was accused of falsely claiming she was attacked while on duty. She was found not guilty at a trial in October.

Ms Croucher said she will stand for the position of police commissioner.

Kent Police said Ms Croucher had resigned "whilst subject to misconduct proceedings".

'Civil case'

Ms Croucher said: "It goes back to... police complaints not being dealt with effectively and the need for a police commissioner to hold Kent Police to account in this area.

"As such I would like to put my name forward as running for police commissioner for Kent and Medway."

She added: "After the betrayal and lack of confidence I now hold in senior members of Kent Police I have resigned effective from Feb 1st 2012."

Ms Croucher said she was bringing a civil case against Kent Police.

Kent Police said it would not be appropriate to comment on anyone's plans to stand for political office.

A spokeswoman added: "Croucher resigned from Kent Police whilst subject to misconduct proceedings and a separate misconduct investigation.

"She remains employed by Kent Police until 1 February 2012 and is subject to the Police Codes of Conduct up until that point."

'Self inflicted injuries'

PC Croucher was found unconscious on the ground by colleagues and taken to hospital following a routine search of a van which had a missing rear number plate in January 2010 in Swanley.

During the 10-day trial at Maidstone Magistrate's Courty in October she told the court she had been attacked by the van's two occupants.

The prosecution claimed the attack had never taken place, her injuries were not serious enough and could have been self-inflicted.

But District Judge Michael Kelly told the court: "I cannot accept that she injured herself and then lay in the mud pretending to be unconscious.

"She was assaulted and I therefore find her not guilty of this offence."

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