SACKED FOR COP PING AN EYEFUL
Three police passed around naked snaps, a tribunal heard
TWO PCSOs sacked for sharing NAKED snaps of a female colleague taken from her mobile phone have lost their claim for wrongful dismissal.
Joy Shoker, 24, and Khalid Akhtar, 42, claimed West Midlands Police were guilty of racial discrimination and were in breach of contract.
But the case was thrown out after it emerged they lodged their appeal four months after the three month cut-off period.
The officers, who have 10 years police experience between them, were sacked in August last year following accusations of bullying and harassment of a female olice community service officer, referred to as Miss X.
The intimate snaps on Miss X’s phone were allegedly sent to workmates – who began to bombard her with their own mocking pictures.
The PCSOs sent snaps to 42-year-old Miss X showing images of themselves facing the camera and holding two fingers against their parted lips the tribunal was told.
Another snap, which they sent the married officer, showed a T-shirt with the words: “I beef curtains.”
The pair, who are both from Wolverhampton, West Mids, denied bullying and claimed the images were a homage to a scene from ITV hit comedy Benidorm.
They, and a third PCSO who was sacked, were sacked after the claims that naked pictures were taken from Miss X’s phone and passed around.
Another PCSO resigned following a police internal investigation.
Speaking after the hearing, Akhtar, who had worked for the force in Walsall, West Mids, for six years, said his life had been left in “tatters” since he was dismissed.
He said: “I have been fighting this every step of the way – I just want justice for myself.
“I’m devastated. I’ve lost my job and people look down on me because of what they think I have done. I loved my job.”
West Midlands Police spokesman said: “West Midlands Police expect the highest standards of professional behaviour from all of its employees.