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Attend a misconduct hearing

Northumbria Police demands the highest standards of professionalism, honesty and integrity from its officers and staff. Where those standards are not met, consideration may be given to instigating misconduct proceedings.  We are committed to transparency and accountability. As such we will publish the outcomes of misconduct meetings, misconduct hearings and also those who resign prior to the conclusion of misconduct proceedings (where it is established that there was a case to answer).

Misconduct FAQs

What is a misconduct hearing?

Where an officer/member of staff faces allegations of gross misconduct they would attend a misconduct hearing. If they are found to have breached the relevant standards of professional behaviour they may be dismissed.

What is a misconduct meeting?

Where the officer/member of staff faces allegations of misconduct they would attend a misconduct meeting. If they are found to have breached the relevant standards of professional behaviour the maximum penalty would be a final written warning.

If you wish to attend a hearing

If you wish to attend, you must book your place in advance by sending an e-mail to in order to register your interest. In the e-mail you must provide: 

- Your full name 
- Date of birth  
- Home address 
- The date of the hearing you wish to attend 
- T
he name of the person involved. 

Any interested members of the media must also register attendance as outlined above. Media enquiries should be directed to the Media Relations Team at Police Headquarters. 

Successful observers will receive a return email which will include information what to do next.

Attending a hearing

The hearing allows for 10 observers to attend, allocation will be on a first come basis. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in your e-mail so we can ensure your needs are met.

Upon attending the location of the hearing, you will be required to present photographic identification, for example a driving licence or passport.

You will not be allowed admittance unless you have pre-registered. We reserve the right to restrict entry.

No filming, audio recording or taking of photographs of the proceedings is permitted.

Water will be provided during the hearing.

Upcoming hearings

Wednesday 20th February 2019

Duration: Half Day Hearing

Dates & times: Wednesday 20th February 2019 - 10:00 to 12.30

Former Police Officer: Former Police Constable 993 Layzell

Location: Old Magistrates Court, Houghton Police Station, Dairy Lane, Houghton Le Spring, DH4 5BL


In relation to: 

Summary of the alleged conduct:

On the 8th October 2018 the former officer was convicted before Newcastle Crown Court of 2 x offences of Misconduct in a Public Office contrary to common law and received a custodial sentence of 8 months imprisonment.

It is alleged that the former officer’s conduct breaches the Standards of Professional Behaviour contained in Schedule 2 of Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, in particular:

Discreditable Conduct

Honesty and Integrity

And amounts to Gross Misconduct.

Closing date to register interest in attending:  4:00pm – Tuesday 19th February, 4:00 pm

Further information:  Under new Home Office Regulations this hearing will be held in public.


TAKE NOTICE that the Chair of the Special Case Hearing has made the following reporting restriction:

The individuals named in the allegations, save for the identification of the officer himself, shall not be identified in the special case proceedings. Accordingly those individuals named in the allegations will not be referred to by name and will be referred to as ‘Witness A’ and ‘Witness B’ in the special case proceedings.

Members of the press and the public must adhere to the reporting restriction and any directions and/or restrictions imposed by the person chairing the Special Case Hearing in advance and/or during the Special Case Hearing.

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