PC sacked for pos­ses­sion of child abuse im­ages

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A THAMES Val­ley po­lice of­fi­cer has been dis­missed from the force af­ter plead­ing guilty to five counts of pos­sess­ing child abuse im­ages.

Po­lice Con­sta­ble Leigh Mor­ris ap­peared at Lu­ton Mag­is­trates Court on Fe­bru­ary 9 on three counts of mak­ing in­de­cent pho­to­graphs/pseudo-pho­to­graphs of a child, one of­fence of pos­ses­sion of an ex­treme porno­graphic im­age and one of­fence of pos­sess­ing a pro­hib­ited im­age of a child.

The of­fi­cer was ar­rested at his home on July 7 last year and the charges came af­ter in­ter­ro­ga­tion of his per­sonal mo­bile phone and com­put­ers.

It was al­leged that Po­lice Con­sta­ble Mor­ris breached the Stan­dards of Pro­fes­sional Be­hav­iour as set out in Reg­u­la­tion 3 and Sched­ule 2 to the Po­lice (Con­duct) Reg­u­la­tions 2012 in re­spect of ‘dis­cred­itable con­duct’, which amounts to gross mis­con­duct.

He was sub­se­quently re­leased from the force with­out no­tice on Tues­day Fe­bru­ary 28.

De­tec­tive Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Chris Ward, head of Thames Val­ley Po­lice’s pro­fes­sional stan­dards depart­ment, said: “A serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer re­ceiv­ing a crim­i­nal con­vic­tion for pos­sess­ing such of­fen­sive ma­te­rial brings dis­credit on the po­lice and un­der­mines the pub­lic con­fi­dence in the po­lice ser­vice.

“There­fore, fol­low­ing [the] spe­cial case mis­con­duct hear­ing chaired by Chief Con­sta­ble Fran­cis Hab­good at Thames Val­ley Po­lice Head­quar­ters, Kidling­ton, PC Mor­ris was dis­missed from the force with­out any no­tice.”

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