A document released by the force ahead of the process alleges that Mr Horne threw the rubber stress ball 'for no apparent reason' while in his office with two colleagues.
'Suddenly, and for no apparent reason, you threw a rubber 'stress ball' at (a junior colleague), which hit him in the throat and left a red mark,' the document alleges.Blimey! I thought you were just supposed to squeeze the things. Might buy one now!
The incident is said to have happened on an unknown date between October 2015 and May 2016.Eh...? Well, I suppose it is Essex Police, after all.
Mr Horne is further accused of pushing the junior colleague 'with two hands, causing him to fall on to a desk', and it is alleged that this happened 'during a conversation about policing matters, and for no apparent reason'.There being am instance where physically assaulting a work colleague is ever reasonable..?
Mr Horne is also accused of repeatedly swearing at a second colleague during a confrontation in a car park outside the force's control room. He allegedly 'stood with clenched fists, leaning in towards' the colleague and said he 'had to leave before (he) punched something'.They should put this guy on the beat! Which might actually be an option.
He faces a misconduct hearing in Chelmsford on January 15.*orders popcorn*
H/T: Ted Treen via email