Attending Hearings

Misconduct Hearing

Duration: Two days.

Dates & times:  Wednesday 22nd February 2017 / Thursday 23rd February 2017 at 10:00 am – 4.00pm 

Officer:  Police Constable Lee Longstaff 

Location:  Old Magistrates Court Houghton-le-Spring, Houghton Police Station, Dairy Lane, Houghton – le – Spring, DH4 5BL

In relation to:  An allegation of Gross Misconduct and which relates to the officer’s conviction before Newcastle Crown Court on the 17th November 2016 in respect of an offence of assault by beating, which was committed by the officer off duty and against a member of the public.

1. Discreditable Conduct

2. Authority Respect and Courtesy

Closing date to register interest in attending: 4pm Friday 17th February 2017

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

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 20 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.