Policeman sacked for sending ex love songs
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But drunkenly browsing YouTube, the officer found “songs that meant something to him and his wife” and sent her three links. He also breached the ban by emailing her after hearing she had taken their marital home off the market. At Preston magistrates’ court last week, the former corporal and UN peacekeeper was given 18 months’ community service, a 12-week curfew and ordered to pay £540 in costs and victim’s surcharge. Last Thursday – after a disciplinary hearing before Chief Constable Darren Martland – he was dismissed for two counts of gross misconduct.
Mr Martland said afterwards: “It is my view the behaviour of Sgt Berry has fallen so far below the expectation of a serving police officer.”
Deputy Chief Constable Julie Cooke added: “It is essential people have both confidence and trust in the service we deliver.”
At the police hearing, Oliver King, defending, said Sgt Berry was “courteous and polite” during the messaging. But while drunkenly browsing YouTube, he came across songs “from happier” times.
Sgt Berry, who was in the force for 18 years, is appealing against his criminal conviction for harassment.
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