Hereford & Worcester

Sex-on-duty police officer jailed for 18 months

A policeman who seduced and slept with two vulnerable women while on duty has been jailed for 18 months.

West Mercia officer Pc Ian Langford, who served in Ledbury, Herefordshire, began relationships after being called to incidents at the women's homes.

He admitted two charges of misconduct in public office in 2012 and 2013.

The judge at Gloucester Crown Court told Langford, 46, of Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, his actions brought the service into disrepute.

The court heard the father-of-one would visit the women, with whom he was having relationships with at the same time, during his shifts.

'I feel sick'

His actions led to a trial collapsing because he was sleeping with the key prosecution witness.

Judge Jamie Tabor QC also heard Langford illegally accessed police records to gain contact details of one of his victims after she changed her phone number when their relationship ended.

Victim impact statements from both women were read out.

One said she felt "sick at how the authority figure in our community took advantage of me".

The other said Langford "left me with an enduring belief that the old stereotype of dodgy policemen is still very much alive and kicking".

Simon Hunka, representing Langford, said: "He is someone who has shown deep remorse and shame for his behaviour; he doesn't try to excuse it."

In 2008, Langford was docked 13 days' pay by West Mercia Police for sleeping with a vulnerable women after attending her home following a domestic violence incident.

West Mercia Police said it took such matters very seriously and had taken a "robust position".

The force said it hoped "the outcome reassures the public that such matters are investigated thoroughly and that such behaviour will not be accepted".

Langford was suspended through the investigation and dismissed on May 2 this year.

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