Police officer sacked for drunken wedding fight

A police officer from Dolgellau has been sacked after a fight broke out at a wedding party.

Natasha Haf Jones admitted attacking her sister-in-law and a hotel worker when she turned up drunk at a function in Powys last October.

She was dismissed by North Wales Police for gross misconduct.

Last month, Llandudno magistrates court heard trouble broke out when Jones arrived off-duty with her husband and other guests at Garthmyl Hall near Welshpool. The group were said to be drunk on arrival.

Prosecutors said Jones punched a worker in the face and hit her sister-in-law’s head against a wall. She was heard saying ‘I’m a police sergeant’ and tried to headbutt a caretaker when he called for on-duty police.

The defence said Jones had been suffering from anxiety and depression. She had been struggling with cutbacks to the force and was subject to a torrent of abuse from a man she knew, when he was arrested for domestic violence.

In court, she was ordered to pay £300 compensation and another £340 in costs after she admitted three counts of common assault.

The judge said she had consumed a ”copious and excessive amount” of alcohol and had suffered a ”significant fall from grace”.

Last Tuesday, a disciplinary hearing was held behind closed doors at North Wales Police headquarters in Colwyn Bay.

In a statement, the force said allegations relating to breaching standards of professional behaviour were found to be proven by Chief Constable, Carl Foulkes.

She was dismissed without notice.

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