Met Police officer, who headbutted bar worker sacked from the force
13th August 2022

Met Police officer, 28, who headbutted cocktail bar worker when he accused him of breaking Covid lockdown rules during off-duty night out is sacked by the force

  • Luke Wilson, 28, assaulted Johnny White in a Be at One Bar in London last year
  • Mr Wilson was on a night out with fellow Met officers and broke Covid rules 
  • When the bar manager confronted the group, Mr Wilson headbutted him 
  • He was found guilty of assault earlier this year and has been sacked from the Met

A Met Police officer who headbutted a bar manager after he broke Covid rules has been sacked.

Luke Wilson, 28, avoided jail in March after he was found guilty of assaulting the man in Be At One in Monument, London in July last year. 

Mr Wilson was on a night out with a group of around 20 other off-duty police officers when bar manager Johnny White challenged the group for breaking Covid restrictions by moving between tables.

In a confrontation between Mr Wilson and Mr White captured on film, the Met officer headbutted the bar manager – sparking a brawl in the bar.

Former Met Police officer Luke Wilson, 28, pictured leaving Westminster Magistrates Court in March after he was found guilty of assault

The Met officer was convicted following a trial at Westminster Magistrates Court and sentenced to 12 weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He was also ordered to carry out 80 hours of community service and pay £200 in compensation and £903.

On Thursday,  Mr Wilson was sacked from the Metropolitan Police and barred from policing by a disciplinary hearing, The Evening Standard Reported.

The hearing said:  ‘Police officers are rightly held to a high standard where professionalism and behavioural standards are concerned. 

‘Whether on or off duty they must behave in a manner befitting public service’, said Chief superintendent Trevor Lawry.

CCTV footage showed PC Luke Wilson headbutting bar manager Johnny White on July 2 last year after he and his group of officers were confronted over breaking Covid rules

‘PC Wilson’s behaviour fell far below the standards we expect from our officers and it is right that he has faced the consequences of his actions.

‘The Met is driven by the values of professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion. We only want the best and will always act when our employees fall below the exemplary standards we and the public expect.’

At his trial earlier this year, District Judge Briony Clarke called Mr Wilson’s actions ‘a moment of madness’.

Defending him at the trial, Tom Bushnell told the court the assault was ‘out of character’ and that it ‘pales’ in comparison with his ‘brilliant career’ as a police officer. 

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