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A senior Metropolitan Police officer accused of accessing police information in a bid to help his defence in a bullying investigation has been cleared of misconduct.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matthew Horne threw a stress ball at a colleague, pushed them against a desk and swore at another officer while working as deputy chief constable of Essex Police.

The senior officer was alleged to have improperly asked for and accessed documents about Superintendent Glenn Maleary, whom Mr Horne was found to have sworn at, shortly before a disciplinary hearing into the bullying was held in 2018.

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He was found to have breached force standards on three occasions between 2015 and 2016 but allowed to keep his job.

The senior officer admitted requesting and receiving the information but claimed he had a proper purpose in doing so.

A hearing at Thames Valley Police headquarters in Oxford on Friday ruled his actions did not constitute a breach of professional standards.

Mr Horne was also said to have failed to “promptly and appropriately” report, challenge or take action against David Clark, who passed him the information while working as a temporary commander at City of London Police.

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