Former Police Special Constable found guilty of harassment

26/02/2010

Ryan Neil Harvey aged 30 years, formerly a Special Constable stationed at Penzance, was today found guilty of Harassment at Plymouth Magistrates' Court.

Over a three week period in September 2009, Harvey bombarded his former partner with unwanted phone calls and text messages and followed her in his car. On 27 September, whilst on duty and in full uniform, he chased her in a police riot van, driving aggressively. He pulled her over unnecessarily for an alleged offence of driving whilst using a mobile phone and threatened to issue her with a fixed penalty ticket. He then followed her at speed with his headlights off as she drove to a friend's house, blocked her car in with the riot van and threatened to slash his wrists while pacing around her car.
        
Commenting on the case on behalf of the CPS, District Crown Prosecutor Dean Lampard, said:"Ryan Harvey clearly abused his position as a Special Constable. He not only terrified his victim, he also let down the community he was supposed to be serving.  These are matters the Crown Prosecution Service takes very seriously."

Harvey, who resigned from his role as a Special Constable in January, will be sentenced at Plymouth Magistrates' Court on 22 March.

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  • Deciding the charge where the decision is to prosecute
  • Preparing cases for court
  • Presenting cases at court
  • The CPS incorporates RCPO.

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The CPS South West Group consists of the areas Avon and Somerset, Devon and Cornwall and Gloucestershire.