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Diplomatic Protection Group officer charged under Obscene Publications Act

08/04/2014

Jenny Hopkins, Deputy Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS London, said: "We have been asked to review a file of evidence submitted by the Metropolitan Police Service’s Department of Professional Standards concerning alleged offences under the Obscene Publications Act.

"Following a review of the evidence, we have concluded that James Addison, a police constable in the Diplomatic Protection Group, should be charged with 11 offences. It is alleged that between 17 February 2013 and 6 June 2013, PC Addison distributed moving images via his mobile telephone, contrary to section 2(1) of the Obscene Publications Act 1959.

"The decision to prosecute was taken in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors. We have determined that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is required in the public interest.

"PC Addison will appear at Westminster Magistrates' Court on 23 April 2014.

"May I remind all concerned that PC Addison has a right to a fair trial. It is very important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings. For these reasons, it would be inappropriate for me to comment further."

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