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Man faces charge of misconduct in public office

04/06/2014

Gregor McGill, a senior lawyer at the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "The CPS has authorised the Metropolitan Police to summons Paul Randall for an offence of misconduct in public office.

"We have also decided, in relation to separate allegations, there is insufficient evidence to charge another individual with conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office.

"Paul Randall will appear before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 25 June 2014.

"On 22 April 2014 the CPS determined that there was insufficient evidence to charge a third individual with misconduct in public office.

"May I remind all concerned that criminal proceedings against Paul Randall will now be commenced and of his right to a fair trial. It is extremely important that there should be no reporting, commentary or sharing of information online which could in any way prejudice these proceedings."

Details of the full charge:

On 25 October 2006, Paul Randall, a public officer acting as such, without reasonable excuse or justification, wilfully misconducted himself to such a degree as to amount to an abuse of the public's trust in that office.

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