A serving east London police officer has been sentenced after stalking a woman for ten months.

PC Jonathan Simon, attached to the East Area Command Unit which serves Havering, Redbridge and Barking and Dagenham, made repeated visits to her home, some of which were while he was on duty.

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According to the Met, he also left her messages and voicemails, despite having been told she did not want to see him.

In one instance, he attended her home address and then her place of work, suggesting her window was unsecured in an apparent attempt to get her to speak to him.

The harassment took place between October 2021 and July 2022, police said.

PC Simon was immediately suspended from duty following his arrest on July 4, 2022 and was convicted of stalking on March 17, 2023.

He appeared at Westminster Magistrates' Court yesterday (Tuesday, April 4) and received a 16-week sentence, suspended for two years.

Misconduct proceedings will now follow, said the Met.

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Ch Supt Stuart Bell, responsible for policing in East Area Command Unit, said: "PC Simon's behaviour was unwarranted, unwanted and caused significant concern to the victim.

"Our officers cannot behave like this and we will be proactive in identifying and taking positive action against those who do.

"Despite being repeatedly asked to stop he subjected the victim to a campaign of harassment which caused her considerable distress."