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Former Banbury police officer jailed

A former police officer's been jailed for attacking a woman in Banbury.

Former PC Rebecca Barnett, aged 33, was convicted after she pleaded guilty to one count of Grievous Bodily Harm without intent, at Oxford Crown Court on 28 February 2018.

At a hearing at the same court on 11th June, Barnett was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment.

On 10 June 2017, whilst off duty Barnett, became involved in an argument with a 29-year-old woman on Addison Road, Banbury. 

A scuffle ensued, Barnett grabbed her victim and bit her on the nose.

The victim received a significant injury requiring surgery.

Barnett was dismissed from Thames Valley Police on 4 April following a special misconduct hearing.

Detective Chief Superintendent Chris Ward Head of Thames Valley Police’s Professional Standards Department, said: “This was an incident that left the victim with permanent scarring.

“I would like to thank her for supporting our investigation of this case and trusting us to investigate and put it before the courts.

“I hope this case shows that Thames Valley Police’s Professional Standards Department will always fully investigate cases of this nature.

“Barnett’s actions were completely inappropriate, even more so as at the time she was a serving officer.”

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