SACKED FOR COP PING AN EYE­FUL

Three po­lice passed around naked snaps, a tri­bunal heard

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JUSTIN DUNN

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.

Mock­ing

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.

DEV­AS­TATED: Akhtar,

and Shoker

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