Cop sacked for lying about colleague after reporting him for explicit clip

A police officer lied about her relationship with a colleague, causing her to get fired after she reported him for sending her an explicit video on Snapchat.

Special Sergeant Heather Spayne, 24, complained to the force's professional standards department when she was sent the clip from the man.

However, she failed to mention her relationship with the man as he was investigated.

Miss Spayne has been part of Humberside Police since 2019, reports HullLive.

She made her complaint in 2020 after being sent the video by the man and said they were "just friends".

However, the man claimed the pair were together for several months until Miss Spayne told him she was dating someone else.

Earlier this month, Miss Spayne did not attend the misconduct hearing and originally denied their relationship, or that she had given him the impression of one.

At the hearing, messages were revealed which she had sent to another policeman, referring to her having "been dumped" by the man.

A misconduct hearing has found that Miss Spayne deliberately misled standards officials, which has now led to her being dismissed from the force with immediate effect for gross misconduct.

Panel chair Natalie Wortley said Miss Spayne's actions were "deliberate and planned" and could have brought an end to the man's career.

Miss Spayne has been placed on the police college barred list for a minimum of five years after her actions.

Detective Superintendent Matthew Baldwin, head of Professional Standards, told the BBC afterwards: "We and the public we serve rightly expect our officers, including those who are volunteers, to display the highest standards of honesty, integrity, and respect."

He said Miss Spayne had showed a "complete disregard and disrespect for this investigation and those involved".

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