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Northamptonshire Police fire 'dumb bint’ Facebook post inspector

Northamptonshire Police

A police inspector has been fired for using sexually violent language on Facebook.

Anthony Rawson made the comments - which included the term "dumb bint" - in December 2018, having been warned about his social media use three months earlier.

He was found guilty of gross misconduct by a disciplinary panel at Northamptonshire Police's headquarters.

Panel chair Jane Jones said the post was "crass, facetious and shocking".

She also said the officer's "offensive" language could have amounted to a hate crime.

'Glib manner'

The disciplinary hearing was told on 29 December last year a post was shared on the private Facebook page of a colleague of Mr Rawson's.

Mr Rawson then replied with a comment about a hypothetical police complaint involving a fictitious woman he called Sandra.

He wrote that a psychopath could break into her house and commit an act of sexual violence, and concluded his post with the words "dumb bint".

The special inspector, who is a volunteer with the force, argued that his Facebook profile was separate to his police role, but the panel concluded the post had been "crafted as if it had come from a police officer".

Mr Rawson admitted he had used sexually violent language in a "glib" manner and said the post had "ruined his life".

The panel dismissed him without notice.

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