PC fined for slapping boy

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A police officer faces a disciplinary hearing after being fined pounds 100 and told to pay pounds 50 compensation for slapping a 'rowdy' 14-year-old boy.

The boy complained to police after being slapped in the face by PC Steve Guscott, 42, who has 20 years' service. He had been called to disperse a gang of teenagers in Minehead, Somerset. Ian Wilson, for the defence, told Bridgwater magistrates: 'It was no more and no less than he would do with his own son if he had behaved in a similar manner.'