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Married Newham policeman dismissed without notice over sexually explicit behaviour

PUBLISHED: 15:01 28 November 2018 | UPDATED: 15:01 28 November 2018

A disciplinary hearing at the Met's Empress State Building offices dismissed Pc Lee Harrison without notice. Pic: GOOGLE MAPS

A disciplinary hearing at the Met's Empress State Building offices dismissed Pc Lee Harrison without notice. Pic: GOOGLE MAPS

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A married Newham policeman who made a string of sexually explicit approaches towards colleagues has been dismissed without notice for gross misconduct.

Pc Lee Harrison faced 31 allegations including telling a policewoman he wanted to tie her up and force her to watch him perform a solo sex act on himself.

A panel ruled that Harrison breached the Met’s standards of professional behaviour after finding the majority of allegations proven as gross misconduct.

The three member panel heard that Harrison told one rookie policewoman, referred to as Officer A, that he wanted to do “awful things” to her.

He would refer to rookie female colleagues as jokes and at a Christmas party attempted to undo a colleague’s bra, the panel heard.

It was also alleged during the hearing that he sent one officer a picture of two naked women and asked which one she looked like most.

The panel heard that Harrison said to Officer A while they were on duty: “I don’t know why women are allowed in this job, if they don’t put out”.

In a further allegation, Harrison was accused of grabbing a female colleague, referred to as Officer B, forcing her over a desk and threatening to kick her in the uterus if she reached for a box of doughnuts.

A second policeman, Harrison’s supervising officer, Sgt Stuart Murray, received a final written warning after allegations against him were proven as gross misconduct.

He faced allegations that he had failed to challenge Harrison’s behaviour.

He was also alleged to have made comments of a sexual nature in a Whatsapp group set up to discuss options for the Christmas party.

One message sent stated: “I will come as long as there’s a stripper”, the panel heard.

Sgt Murray faced further allegations that he allowed an overly-sexualised atmosphere to develop and neglected his duties by not turning up to work for a number of weeks.

Richard Atchley, representing Sgt Murray, said on day one of the hearing: “[Pc Harrison] was a Jekyll and Hyde capable of being smarmy and sweet when he wanted to be then a completely unacceptable animal.”

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