Met officer attacked cop after driving this Lamborghini to take drugs with students

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Birch, 44, from Gravesend, Kent, hired a Lamborghini on March 8 last year and drove it to Brighton. (Image: IG)

A POLICE officer who punched a sergeant trying to arrest him after a drug-fuelled night out has lost his job and been given a

community sentence.

Oliver Birch was arrested in a hotel room that contained wraps of cocaine and a “large amount of cash”.

Birch, 44, from Gravesend, Kent, hired a Lamborghini on March 8 last year and drove it to Brighton, East Sussex, for a night out.

The PC on the Met’s Specialist Crime Command, which investigates organised crime gangs, met a group of students, identified

himself as a police officer and took cocaine in their presence.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “The group left the venue but Birch drove to their address and tried to convince them to

join him for a drive.”

Birch also invited some of them back to his hotel, giving them the room number, but they declined.

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The case is further embarrassment for the Met that has seen a series of officer behaviour scandals (Image: Getty)

The spokesman added: “When leaving, Birch thought that this group took the keys to the Lamborghini so he smashed a window

of their property with a baton.”

He fled when the police were called, but was traced to the hotel room on the sea front.

The spokesman added: “A Sussex Police officer attended to attempt to arrest him but [Birch] resisted and violently assaulted

the officer, causing injuries requiring hospital treatment.”

An official report on the incident, seen by the Sunday Express, said Police Sergeant Seekings entered Birch’s room and the PC

pulled away as an arrest was being made.

It added: “PS Seekings drew his taser and red dotted the suspect [who] was instructed to get on his knees.”

As Sgt Seekings tried to handcuff Birch, he repeatedly punched then stamped on him before hurling items at the injured

officer, who was able to deploy his taser as back-up arrived. A search of the room found lines of cocaine, a safe containing

wraps and a large amount of cash.

A second safe contained a phone, simcards and Birch’s passport. An extendable baton was found in his pocket.

The hired supercar contained a rucksack holding a Met Police laptop and an open “class A” force evidence bag.

The Met held a misconduct hearing in private last November before dismissing him from the force.

At Lewes Crown Court, Birch pleaded guilty to assault causing ABH, criminal damage, possession of a class A drug and

possession of an offensive weapon. A drugdriving charge was ordered to lie on file.

At Brighton Crown Court on March 22, Birch was given a two-year community order to include rehabilitation activity and

150 hours of unpaid work. He was also ordered to pay £1,000 to the injured officer.

Sussex Police did not publish details of the case at the time.

In a statement, Detective Sergeant Charles Lawrence said: “Offenders such as Birch have no place in policing."

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