Who is Karen Canwell? Policewoman who attacked a Northants pub doorman and arrested by fellow officers is found guilty of assault

A policewoman who was convicted of common assault for assaulting a pub doorman today faces dismissal from the force.

Police Constable Karen Canwell, 37, will now face a misconduct investigation by Northamptonshire Police after the Detective Chief Inspector said her performance was ‘way below’ expectations.

Magistrates at Loughborough Magistrates’ Court today also ordered her to pay a £1,609 fine.

PC Karen Canwell (pictured), 37, was today convicted of assaulting a pub doorman

Canwell was off-duty and at the King Edward VII pub in Rushden, Northamptonshire, when a fight broke out on December 11, last year.

The court heard that the serving police officer assaulted the pub doorman twice before being apprehended by colleagues who were called to the scene.

Following the incident in Rushden last year, Northamptonshire Police said today that PC Karen Canwell was found guilty of common assault after a two-day trial.

The incident happened in the evening, following a disturbance at the King Edward VII pub on Queen Street.

Northamptonshire Police said: ‘The disturbance moved out onto the street with PC Canwell, off-duty at the time, assaulting a member of door staff by striking him to the chest on two occasions.’

Canwell was then arrested and interviewed the next day, before being released on bail pending her first court appearance.

Canwell attacked the pub doorman of the King Edward VII pub in Rushden, Northamptonshire twice before she was arrested by colleagues who were then were called to the scene on December 11 last year
Canwell attacked the pub doorman of the King Edward VII pub in Rushden, Northamptonshire twice before she was arrested by colleagues who were then were called to the scene on December 11 last year

She pleaded not guilty to the offence, but following a trial which took place at Leicester Magistrates’ Court yesterday and Loughborough Magistrates’ Court today she was found guilty and ordered to pay a £1,609 fine.

Detective Chief Inspector Andy Rogers, of Northamptonshire Police, said: ‘We are extremely disappointed that PC Canwell, a serving police officer here at Northamptonshire Police, has been found guilty of assault.

‘Her conduct has fallen way below what we would expect of any police officer in this Force.

‘PC Canwell was placed onto restricted duties whilst the investigation took place. A misconduct investigation will now take place led by our Professional Standards Department.’

source:nsemwokrom.com