Nottinghamshire Police sergeant sacked for lewd act on coach

Off-duty police officers rally in central London
Image caption Off-duty police officers protested against various changes including budget cuts

A Nottinghamshire Police sergeant has been sacked after he was reported to have exposed himself on a coach.

The 31-year-old officer, who was off-duty, was also reported to have carried out a lewd act as he returned from a police rally in London last year.

The force said it did not want "people like this representing the force and serving the public".

He was found guilty of gross misconduct at a disciplinary hearing, following an internal investigation.

He appealed against the dismissal, but the original decision was upheld after an appeal review.

'Not tolerated'

Deputy Chief Constable Sue Fish, said: "We expect high standards from everyone working for Nottinghamshire Police, both on and off duty.

"The overwhelming majority of officers and staff demonstrate the highest standards of ethics and conduct on a daily basis.

"However, behaviour like this will not be tolerated, as we do not want people like this representing the force and serving the public."

Criminal proceedings were not started against the officer because the Crown Prosecution Service "deemed there was not a criminal case to answer," a police spokesman said.

The coach was transporting 51 off-duty Nottinghamshire Police officers back from the rally on 10 May.

More than 30,000 off-duty police officers marched in the biggest police rally since 2008 in protest at budget cuts and proposed pay and conditions changes.

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