A police officer has been fired after assaulting a restaurant worker while on duty.

Kamara James-Harris, who had 12 years’ experience with West Midlands Police , was filmed attacking the employee.

Her misconduct hearing was told the former constable, 34, was called to Panache, a restaurant in Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, after diner refused to pay their bill.

But she became embroiled in a dispute with the member of staff in July last year, Birmingham Live says.

The mother-of-one was sacked on Wednesday after the hearing. 

Chief Constable Dave Thompson said: "It is very clear this is a very sad case, but it is wholly inappropriate behaviour for a police officer.

"It has never been regarded as acceptable. This is a very serious matter assaulting a member of staff."

James-Harris previously pleaded guilty to the common assault.

She was fined £135 and ordered to pay £100 costs and £30 victim surcharge at Birmingham Magistrates’ Court.

But her disciplinary hearing was told how she had been suffering a mental health break-down during the assault.

Just a day before, she had been advised from her consultant psychologist to seek medical help for hypomanic depression.

But instead she cancelled her annual leave to "avoid going off sick", believing she was fit to work on the night of the incident.

She said: "I have not intentionally hurt anyone.

"Ill health played a significant part in my breakdown. I was suffering a hypomanic episode at the time."

Mark Hambling, representing, added: "She listened to advice but didn’t follow it. She wanted to push through the work. She was receiving support from her supervisor.

"She was being filmed against her will and she became embroiled in a dispute. She did act inappropriately and she is remorseful for her actions. She acted foolishly.

"She wishes to apologise, she knows she’s been a disappointment to the force, her colleagues, her family and friends."

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