Cornwall

Jailed PCSO Peter Bunyan dismissed from police

Peter Bunyan
Image caption Bunyan was jailed for seven years

A police community support officer (PCSO) who was jailed for misconduct in a public office has been dismissed from Devon and Cornwall Police.

Father-of-two Peter Bunyan, 40, of Carharrack, near Redruth, was convicted of eight out of 12 counts of misconduct at Taunton Crown Court.

The force said that following a disciplinary panel he has been dismissed without notice.

Bunyan, who denied all counts, was jailed for seven years on Tuesday.

He had been accused of neglecting his duties by turning his police radio down on shifts before having sex with women.

Bunyan admitted having sex with four women but said it was while he was off duty. He denied sex with a fifth woman.

He joined Devon and Cornwall Police as a PCSO in August 2003, seven years after he left Hampshire Police, where he was employed as a constable but failed to complete his probationary period.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission is managing an investigation into the way Bunyan was supervised in the Devon and Cornwall force and how he was able to commit his offences.

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