A Metropolitan Police officer who stalked and took secret photos of a woman has been sacked. 

PC Gerard Kennedy, 53, was a serving officer when between February and March 2023 he stalked a woman. 

When police raided his home in Kings Sutton, Northamptonshire, they discovered evidence of the stalking. 

PC Kennedy was suspended from work soon after he was arrested and charged with stalking. 

On September 6, 2023 he was convicted at Northampton Crown Court and was given a six year and six month prison sentence. 

On January 25, 2024, a misconduct hearing decided that PC Kennedy should be dismissed from the Met without notice. 

Assistant Commissioner Barbara Gray said: “PC Gerard Kennedy was responsible for his conduct. He followed a female known to him and took photographs without her knowledge. 

“His conduct was intentional, targeted, deliberate and planned, and culminated in a conviction for stalking. This type of offending involves a fundamental breach of the public’s trust in police officers and inevitably brings the profession into disrepute. 

“PC Gerard Kennedy was convicted of a criminal offence. It is completely unacceptable for police officers who are responsible for enforcing the law to break the law themselves.”