Copper axed over ‘racist’ language wins appeal
A POLICE officer who was sacked for using racist language on a night out with colleagues has won an appeal against her dismissal.
A disciplinary hearing in June heard PC Katie Barratt, of Northumbria Police, used derogatory terms about staff in a Newcastle takeaway while drunkenly waiting for a pizza.
PC Barratt reportedly said: “I wish these f**king p*kis would hurry up with my pizza”.
It was also claimed she had called them “n*****s, something PC Barratt never denied.
She appealed against the decision to fire her from her job and a panel on Monday agreed the force could have used a less severe punishment.
The original misconduct hearing was told she made the comments to colleagues and they were not heard by staff in the Spice of Punjab.
Superior officers were informed about what she had said on the Christmas night out in 2017 and an investigation was launched.
Ms Barratt was sacked after a misconduct hearing at Houghton police station in Tyne and Wear last year.
After the outcome of her appeal against her dismissal, the head of Northumbria’s professional standards department said it will review the panel’s decision. IT takes 10 times as much energy to heat water as it does to heat iron.