Bride dumps love rat fire­man over his romps with PC’s wife

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The chair­man of the panel, Tom Mitchell, said the of­fi­cer’s con­duct had fallen short of ex­pected stan­dards.

The hear­ing ended be­fore ev­i­dence was heard about the of­fi­cer al­legedly un­law­fully ac­cess­ing Niche, the po­lice record­ing sys­tem, 37 times.

The panel was also due to look at whether he had un­de­clared busi­ness in­ter­ests.

Mr Mitchell said that hav­ing con­sid­ered all three mat­ters, Mr Par­nell had com­mit­ted gross mis­con­duct which would lead to im­me­di­ate dis­missal.

But PC Par­nell had al­ready an­nounced through his bar­ris­ter Michael Rawl­in­son that he was go­ing to re­sign. Mr Rawl­in­son said: “In or­der to pre­serve his own dig­nity and the dig­nity of his fam­ily and the of­fice of con­sta­ble he doesn’t wish to pro­long these pro­ceed­ings.”

The hear­ing, at the force’s head­quar­ters in Northaller­ton, had ear­lier been told how odd­job man and re­tained fire­fighter Mr Billings, who then lived in Bor­ough­bridge, had be­gun an af­fair with PC Par­nell’s wife in July last year.

He had known her since he was 16 when his par­ents lived nearby. The Har­ro­gate-based of­fi­cer learnt about the af­fair from an­other woman in the town af­ter his wife con­fided in a friend at the gym.

The fu­ri­ous fire­fighter then went to the Par­nells’ home and be­gan swear­ing at his lover in front of her daugh­ter, say­ing pub­lic knowl­edge of their af­fair had ru­ined his life and he would have to con­fess to his fi­ancee.

The panel heard PC Par­nell sub­se­quently vis­ited Mr Billings’ Robert Billings, 28, romped in car park home three days later. He de­nied threat­en­ing his ri­val, in­sist­ing he “wasn’t that kind of per­son”.

Mr Rawl­in­son said if the al­le­ga­tions were up­held “it would mean no serv­ing po­lice of­fi­cer would ever be able to ex­press his dis­plea­sure to some­body who had com­mit­ted a great moral wrong against them”.

Mrs Par­nell, who says she and her hus­band sep­a­rated in 2016, did not at­tend the hear­ing.

Chloe White­head, 24, has now called off her planned wed­ding to Mr Billings

Body­builder Kath Par­nell, 49, and her po­lice­man hus­band Christo­pher, 48

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