Ipswich Pc convicted of dangerous driving while off-duty will keep job


A Suffolk police constable convicted of dangerous driving after a cyclist was said to have been knocked off his bike is to keep his job.

William Ormsby, who lives in the Chantry area of Ipswich, was found guilty of the offence – which happened when he was off-duty – after a trial at Norwich Crown Court in July.

The 54-year-old had denied dangerous driving. He was acquitted of a second charge of assaulting cyclist Ben Fosdike during an altercation in Norwich Road, Ipswich.

Suffolk Constabulary has said the subsequent investigation by its Professional Standards Department has now concluded.

Tim Cracknell, a spokesman for the force, said: “Pc Ormsby was convicted at Norwich Crown Court of dangerous driving following an off-duty incident, and he was subsequently fined and banned from driving.

“Following this he has been subject of an internal misconduct investigation, at the conclusion of which Pc Ormsby was found to have breached the standards of professional behaviour expected of officers serving within Suffolk Constabulary.

“In accordance with the Police (Conduct) Regulations 2012, Pc Ormsby is to receive Management Action which includes advice regarding his future conduct.”

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Mr Fosdike had claimed he had been deliberately knocked off his bicycle by Ormsby who was driving his partner’s Nissan Micra on Valentine’s Day last year.

Ormsby denied purposely knocking Mr Fosdike off his bike saying he had accidentally mounted the pavement while try to bring the Nissan to a halt.

An argument ensued during which both men admitted pushing each other. Ormsby said he shoved Mr Fosdike in self defence,

As a result of his conviction Ormsby was disqualified from driving for 15 months and fined £750. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 towards prosecution costs, £75 to the victims’ fund and compensation of £383.48 to Mr Fosdike, whose bike was damaged during the incident.

On Monday this week another Ipswich police constable was dismissed by Suffolk Constabulary for gross misconduct.

Pc Clare Sherman-Potts had been involved in a sexual relationship with a prolific offender she was responsible for helping to rehabilitate.

The 25-year-old lost her job at the constabulary’s first public misconduct hearing.