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PC Richard Davis sacked over relationship with abuse victim

A police constable has been sacked for having an "inappropriate relationship" with a domestic abuse victim.

Richard Davis had been suspended from Thames Valley Police since his arrest on suspicion of misconduct in a public office in March 2013.

The officer, who worked at Buckingham police station, was dismissed for gross misconduct, after an internal hearing.

Bosses said his conduct had been "completely at odds" with its code of ethics.

A police investigation found Mr Davis had a relationship with a victim, which he later lied about when questioned.

'Dishonest conduct'

Following his arrest, he was released on bail and told to have no contact with the victim, but he later breached his bail conditions.

No criminal charges were brought against Mr Davis over the misconduct allegation but the case led to a misconduct hearing where he was dismissed with immediate effect.

Deputy Chief Constable Francis Habgood said: "Such discreditable and dishonest conduct is completely at odds with our code of ethics and with the standards of behaviour that the public should expect from its police officers."

"This case demonstrates that, in the rare cases where officers abuse their position of trust, the matter will be thoroughly investigated and firmly dealt with."

Mr Davis has 10 working days to appeal.

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