Rugby police officer in court charged with misconduct

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A suspended Warwickshire police officer based at Rugby station has appeared in court over his alleged use of the Police National Computer for an unauthorised purpose.

Pc David Hilton has been charged with an offence of misconduct in a public office between June 2010 and the date he was suspended from duty in May this year.

It is alleged that the Warwickshire officer ‘wilfully misconducted himself’ by accessing the Police National Computer (PNC) to obtain personal information without authority to do so.

Hilton, 50, of Lockington Close, Chelleston, Derby, had been due to enter his plea to the charge at a ‘plea and case management hearing’ at Warwick Crown Court.

But his barrister Tim Pole asked that the indictment should not be put to him.

He explained that an application is to be made to dismiss the charge – and in law that has to be done before a defendant is arraigned.

So Judge Alan Parker adjourned the case until the end of November when the application to dismiss will be heard.

Hilton was granted bail with a condition that he has no contact with a woman who he was alleged to have harassed.