Four Kent detectives sacked after statistics inquiry

Four Kent detectives have been sacked following an anti-corruption investigation into the alleged manipulation of crime figures.

Kent Police said they were dismissed for committing gross misconduct, uncovered during an internal inquiry.

The officers were arrested last November but prosecutors decided to bring no charges against them.

They had been accused of encouraging suspects to admit offences they had not committed, in order to meet targets.

A spokesman for Kent Police said: "[The] CPS did not bring any charges but following internal disciplinary procedures, four officers were found to have committed gross misconduct and were dismissed from duty on 31 January.

"We have received appeals from all four officers."

A fifth detective who was arrested at the same time was also investigated but exonerated.

The anti-corruption investigation was started following a tip-off from an officer over allegations relating to vehicle crime, the BBC understands.

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