Sacked over sex claim allegation

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A POLICE officer has been sacked after an allegation of sexual assault was made against him.

Durham Police dismissed the officer after a two-day hearing which ruled that he was guilty of gross misconduct.

The officer, of County Durham, is now appealing against the hearing’s findings.

Durham Police refused to confirm the exact details of the allegation against the officer but it is understood that a member of the public accused him of sexual assault.

A police investigation was carried out, with its findings handed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), who decided not to take any further action against him.

A CPS spokesman said: “There was not enough evidence to proceed with a prosecution.”

A Durham Police spokeswoman said the disciplinary panel thought the officer’s actions warranted his sacking from the force.

She said: “Durham Constabulary expects the highest standards of conduct from all staff. When there is an allegation that conduct has fallen below those standards, we take robust action.

“In this case, a serious allegation was made against a serving officer and a full internal investigation was carried out.

“This led to a hearing in which the officer was found to have committed gross misconduct. He has been dismissed.”