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Durham Constabulary is committed to transparency and accountability.

As such we will publish the outcomes of misconduct meetings, misconduct hearings and also those who resign prior to conclusion of misconduct proceedings (where it is established that there was a case to answer). Members of the public are generally entitled to attend Gross Misconduct Hearings after application.

If you wish to attend a hearing, you must book your place in advance by sending an email to in order to register your interest. In the email you must provide:

  • Your full name
  • Date of birth
  • Home address
  • The date of the hearing you wish to attend
  • The name of the person involved.

Any interested members of the media must also register by sending an email to the above address.

Successful observers will receive a return email which will include information on what to do next.

Any hearing allows for a maximum of 20 observers, with allocation being on a first come basis. If you have any accessibility requirements, please let us know in your email, so we can ensure your needs are met.

Upon attending the location of the hearing, you will be required to present photographic identification, for example a driving licence or passport.

You will not be allowed admittance unless you have pre-registered. We reserve the right to restrict entry.

No filming, audio recording or taking of photographs of the proceedings will be permitted.

Upcoming hearings

Name: Police Constable 2574 Simon Spellman
Date of hearing: Tuesday 5th July 2022
Time: 10am
Venue: The Villa, The Old Houghton Magistrates Court, Houghton Le Spring, Tyne and Wear DH4 5BH
Allegation Type: Authority, respect and courtesy and discreditable conduct.

Details of allegations:
Notice Pursuant to Regulation 30 Police Conduct Regulations 2020: DC Spellman.

It is alleged that on Friday 24 September 2021, whilst working in the Safeguarding Command and whilst at the Harrogate Police Treatment Centre, the officer met Ms F for the first time. In the early hours of Saturday 25 September 2021 the officer obtained from reception Ms F’s room number and went to her bedroom. It is alleged that the officer inappropriately touched Ms F, a subordinate and junior colleague, by stroking her upper left thigh and the centre of her back. It is alleged that the officer’s conduct breached the professional standards of authority, respect and courtesy, constituted discreditable conduct, and amounts to gross misconduct. 

Any interested party who wishes to observe the hearing can attend in person however the hearing will be made available via Teams. As COVID 19 is still prevalent there is a preference that members of the public utilise Teams.

Please be advised it will be a condition of entry to the hearing, that attendees are informed that parts of the hearing may be heard in private.

Furthermore, that anyone attending the hearing agrees not to take any steps which would identify the complainant or might lead to the identification of the complainant. Details of how to register to attend the hearing can be found above.  

Outcomes of previous hearings