Hampshire & Isle of Wight

Homophobic and sexist Hampshire policemen sacked

Three policemen have been sacked by Hampshire Constabulary for "deeply offensive" sexism and homophobia.

Det Sgt Mark Hall, Det Con Andy Holt and PC Colin Campbell were investigated after complaints from colleagues about "bullying and inappropriate behaviour".

The Havant-based officers were dismissed for gross misconduct at a formal hearing on Wednesday.

Chief Constable Andy Marsh described their behaviour as "grossly inappropriate" and "detestable".

'Stronger without them'

Mr Marsh said: "The detail of these allegations was extremely serious in nature.

"The subsequent investigation uncovered evidence of behaviour centred on homophobic and sexist comments about colleagues within the force.

"It is not something that I will tolerate within Hampshire Constabulary."

In November, Hampshire Police referred the matter to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), which agreed to supervise the force's investigation.

IPCC Commissioner Jennifer Izekor said: "The language and behaviour of these officers displayed deeply offensive homophobic and sexist attitudes towards others.

"Their casual and repeated use of demeaning language demonstrated a complete lack of respect for their colleagues and the force can only be stronger without them."

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