A serving officer has been sacked from the Met Police after he was found guilty of common assault.

On September 23, in 2018, PC Ryan Higson was on duty and attended a nightclub in Kingston following a report of a disturbance.

While at the location, he became involved in an altercation with a member of the public.

He appeared at Hendon Magistrates Court on May 14, after being charged with common assault and the court concluded that the officer had used unnecessary and unreasonable force.

PC Higson was sentenced to a community order and was told to complete 90 hours of unpaid work.

The officer was also ordered to pay £100 compensation, £2,000 Crown Prosecution Service costs and £85 victim surcharge.

A Met Police statement read: "A special case hearing was held on Thursday, 26 September for PC Higson at the Met’s South West Command Unit, where he had to answer allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct.

"The special case hearing carefully considered all the available evidence and concluded that PC Higson had breached the standard of professional behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct and that the breach amounted to gross misconduct."

He was dismissed without notice.