A HARTLEPOOL cop has been suspended from the force after being found guilty of a racially-aggravated offence.
Adam Thompson was involved in an altercation in Yarm last October and faced magistrates in Newcastle earlier this week.
He was convicted of a Section 5 Racially Aggravated Public Order offence and was slapped with a £600 fine.
He was also ordered to pay £700 costs, as well as a £60 victim surcharge.
The 28-year-old police constable has been suspended from duty, but is understood to have launched an immediate appeal against his conviction.
Thompson, whose address in court was given as Netherby View, Ladgate Lane, Middlesbrough, now faces an anxious wait to see if his career is over, with Cleveland Police chiefs ready to launch an internal investigation depending on the
outcome of his appeal.
A spokeswoman for Cleveland Police said: “Police can confirm that a 28-year-old serving police officer who was charged with an offence of Public Order on October 5, 2012, in Yarm appeared at Newcastle Magistrates Court on Monday, April 22, and was convicted of Section 5 Racially Aggravated Public Order on Wednesday, April 24.
“The officer is currently suspended from duty and any internal disciplinary process is dependent on the conclusion of the appeal.”