A former Met Police constable was found guilty of forging the signature of a judge in order to obtain a search warrant she was tasked with, an internal police hearing has found.

Announcing the conclusions of the hearing on Monday (September 21), a spokesperson for the Met Police said that former PC Ruth Halkon had not breached the Met's "Honesty and Integrity" guidelines but was guilty of misconduct.

"In June 2018, former PC Halkon applied for two warrants at Uxbridge Magistrates’ Court as instructed by her line manager.

"On 19 July 2018 just prior to the warrants being executed, former PC Halkon admitted that she had forged the signature on one of them.

"On 9 December 2019, former PC Halkon accepted a caution for perverting the course of justice, the circumstances being that she had copied and pasted a magistrate’s signature onto a search warrant she had applied for," a spokesperson for the Met described.

Assistant Commissioner for Professionalism, Helen Ball, who reviewed the evidence in the case, deemed that the former Met PC had breached police rules and committed misconduct "only in relation to the allegations under the professional standards of Discreditable Conduct and Orders and Instructions".

As such, she said that had Halkon still been a serving member of the MPS, she would not have been dismissed.