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Police Sergeant dismissed for gross misconduct for demeaning, racist and homophobic comments

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Police Sergeant Kirsten Treasure attached to Croydon borough has been dismissed following a two-week misconduct hearing concluding today, Friday, 27 May.

The officer faced allegations that her conduct amounted to a breach of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Standards of Professional Behaviour, in respect of: ‘Authority Respect and Courtesy’, ‘ Integrity’, ‘Discreditable Conduct’ and ‘Equality and Diversity.’

It was alleged that on three occasions between 30 December 2013 and 13 April 2014 and on 12 other occasions on various unspecified dates that PS Treasure made derogatory, demeaning, racist and homophobic comments about colleagues and members of the public.

PS Treasure also faced allegations that on 24 April 2014, she ignored an initial call for police assistance to attend a crime scene in New Addington.

The initial allegations were referred, in January 2014, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who determined that the investigation should be carried out locally.

The Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) conducted a thorough investigation into the reported allegations.

They were originally made aware of the suggestion that two officers failed to properly respond to a call for a police response to a serious incident, when Andrew Else was fatally stabbed.

The allegations were referred, in January 2014, to the Independent Police Complaints Commission who determined that the investigation should be carried out locally.

PS Treasure and another sergeant from Croydon were placed on restricted duty in July 2014 as the DPS investigation was carried out.

The sergeants were not arrested but were interviewed under caution and a file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for consideration.

However the CPS decided in April 2015 that the officers should not face criminal charges. The second sergeant was later found to have no case to answer.

It was also alleged that in May 2014, PS Treasure had refused permission to investigate a crime and arrest a suspect when a man was chased out of shop by staff dropping what was believed to be stolen goods.

PS Treasure also faced allegations that on 16 June 2014, she has asked an officer to provide the names of officers who had complained about her behaviour and then pressured an officer not to give evidence against her.

It was further alleged that on 7 January 2015, PS Treasure made untrue statements in a misconduct interview about the events following the call for assistance on the 24 April.

PS Treasure was placed on restricted duties on 16 July 2014.

The panel considered all the evidence presented and found the case of gross misconduct to be proven.

Directorate of Professional Standards, Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner, said: “The catalogue of misconduct by this officer is truly shocking.

PS Treasure has abandoned her sworn oath to protect the people of London and had no regard for the victim, Andrew Else.

“Her language and behaviour has left no room for her to remain within a police service which demands the highest levels of integrity and professionalism.

Her attitudes to people, be they colleagues, the public or victims of crime, have been shown to be appalling, the polar opposite of what those of a police officer should be, and it is clear that the panel were fully justified in dismissing this officer.”

The officer was subsequently dismissed without notice.

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Urgent appeal takes 2 seconds to share to help find missing teen from York

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Please share this picture far and wide in hope that we can bring this 13-year-old back home . It only takes one person who shares this to spot her and be that’s difference

North Yorkshire Police is urgently appealing for information to help find a missing 13-year-old girl from York.

Elise Donoghue was last seen leaving her drama class at the York Theatre Royal on St Leonard’s Place just before 8pm on 19 October.

It’s thought Elise is without money or access to a mobile phone, and she is considered vulnerable due to her age.

Police enquiries have been ongoing to locate in York where it is known she has connections in the Fulford and Danesgate areas of the city.

There is also a possibility she headed to York Railway Station and boarded a train heading towards the north-west where she has friends in the Cheshire area. British Transport Police is assisting with enquiries.

Elise is described as white, 5ft 2in tall, blonde hair with a medium build. When she was seen she was wearing a grey hooded -top, black leggings, black Ugg boots and she carrying a shoulder bag.

Anyone who knows where Elise is or have seen a girl matching her description, please call North Yorkshire Police as a matter of urgency on 101, select option 1, and speak to the Force Control Room. Please quote reference number 12170187979.

If Elise you are reading this there is help and support available simply call or text 116000 they will be able to help you free and confidential.

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They are also on hand to provide support for anyone who has been recently returned home having been missing.

 

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Police Dog Blue finds missing vulnerable teenager hidden in woodland undergrowth

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Police Dog Blue and his handler from the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire (BCH) Dog Unit found a vulnerable teenager on Wednesday (October 18).

Officers were called to an address in Friday Bridge, Cambridgeshire at around 10.45pm after concerns were raised about a teenager who had gone missing.

Due to concerns for her welfare, PD Blue and his handler were also called to assist with the search.

German Shepherd Blue was deployed and began searching the local area. Whilst going down a nearby lane, Blue led his handler into an area of woodland and undergrowth.

It was here that the pair found the missing teenager. They were then able to provide immediate care before other officers arrived to take her home.

Inspector Iain Clark, who is the head of the BCH Dog Unit, said: “The officers had numerous places to search and I am glad PD Blue and his handler were able to provide assistance, which saw the teenager safely found within a short period of time.

“I am proud of their work and this is another great example of how the BCH Dog Unit can support other officers around the three counties.”

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Man admitted to racially harassing security guards at Student Halls

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A man who admitted racially harassing security guards at student halls has been served with a Community Order and a fine.

The 22-year-old from Luton pleaded guilty to two counts of racially aggravated harassment and criminal damage at Luton Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Thursday). The sentencing followed an incident in student halls in Luton on 24 September.

Hate Crime Sergeant James Hart said: “This was an unacceptable incident which was extremely distressing for the victims. We won’t tolerate hate crime in our county as everyone has the right to live free from fear or harassment.

“We hope this case will provide reassurance to victims that we take hate crime offences very seriously. Victims should not have to suffer such abuse and should feel comfortable reporting their experiences to the authorities.”

The man was handed a 12-week curfew with electronic tag and must pay £100 compensation to the victims.

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