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Flying Squad police officer sacked after spitting in rant

  • PC David Gray argued with a driver as they tried to pass a bus in Twickenham
  • The former Flying Squad officer spat at the other driver during the argument
  • He was convicted of criminal damage and assault after the incident in June 2016
  • He has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police after the road rage rant 

A disgraced cop has been dismissed from the Metropolitan Police after spitting at a member of the public in a vile road rage rant. 

PC David Gray argued with another driver while trying to pass a bus on June 24 last year. 

The former Flying Squad cop spat at the other driver during the argument in Twickenham, west London.

Former police officer David Gray was convicted at Westminster Magistrates Court after spitting on someone during a road rage incident

Gray was convicted on April 7 at Westminster Magistrates’ Court of criminal damage and assault.

Following his conviction, the Metropolitan Police held a special case hearing.

They set out to find whether his conduct amounted to a breach of standards of professional behaviour, in respect of discreditable conduct and respect and courtesy.

Assistant commissioner Pat Gallan, who chaired the hearing, determined there was a breach last Thursday.

Gray, was based in Wandsworth, was ordered to pay a total of £2,520 in fines and costs.

AC Gallan said: ‘The nature of PC Gray’s criminal conviction is such that it undermines the confidence the public has a right to demand of its police service to be treated with authority, respect and courtesy which is critical to policing London effectively.

‘PC Gray’s conduct on the day was so discreditable that it has resulted in a criminal conviction. In addition the public at large has the right to demand the highest standards of its police service.’

PC Gray was dismissed without notice.