Cumbria

Sex-charge police officer Nicholas Pool sacked

A police officer who attempted to meet a 12-year-old girl for sex has been sacked.

PC Nicholas Pool, of Cumbria Police, did not realise he was communicating online with an undercover officer.

A disciplinary hearing in Penrith dismissed the 29-year-old, of Newton Rigg, Penrith.

At Carlisle Crown Court last month, Pool admitted attempting to incite a girl to engage in sexual activity. He will be sentenced at a later date.

The hearing was chaired by Chief Constable Jerry Graham who said Pool's offences "undermined public confidence" and "brought discredit" on the force.

He added: "In light of all the evidence, it is clear PC Pool's moral compass is so distorted he is unfit to be a police officer and I have no hesitation in dismissing him."

The offences happened on 22 November and 11 and 12 December 2016 while Pool was off-duty.

He did not attend the hearing and is remanded in custody.

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