Sunday, October 09, 2016

Fired: Married British cop, 44, who gave lifts to women he met on swingers websites in his marked car and who pestered women for kisses

Prolific offending brought to book at last

A married policeman who 'sexted' other officers while on duty, ignored emergency calls and sold dirty women's knickers online has been sacked for gross misconduct.

A hearing heard PC Julian Berry, 44, breached professional standards on 13 separate occasions between 2005 and 2015.

The hearing at Leyland Police Station, Lancashire, heard the traffic officer was suspended from duty in June last year when the allegations first came to light.

He failed to turn up to interviews with professional standards officers when requested and made no attempt to deny the allegations.

PC Julian Berry assisted his wife in running a business in which soiled underwear was sold.

The hearing heard that he gave a woman a lift home in a marked police car after meeting her through a website called

The officer, based at Blackpool police station, was also accused of having a sexual relationship with another officer.

He is also alleged to have sent a special constable nude selfies while on duty including one of his penis.

PC Berry was dubbed an 'old pervert' and a 'stalker' by witnesses giving evidence to a disciplinary panel of Lancashire Police force held at Leyland station.

The tribunal also heard allegations that he made sexually-explicit remarks to members of the public.

Further claims made against PC Berry include that he:

    Ignored two 'code one' emergency calls while on duty and was sitting in a marked police car outside nightclubs

    Spent more than 30 hours on duty in a coffee shop at a service station, during which time he made inappropriate remarks to staff

    Made unwelcome and unsolicited approaches to women, both police colleagues and members of the public, over a 10-year period

    Sent messages admitted having been asleep on duty

Oliver Williamson, representing Lancashire Police, laid out four charges relating to discreditable conduct and dereliction of duty being involved in an unauthorised business interest.

He claimed PC Berry had failed to uphold police values in his duties and responsibilities.

On January 1, 2015, PC Berry was alleged to have approached a member of Starbucks staff, asking, 'Where is my new year's kiss?' On another occasion, he made a sexually-explicit remark to the same person.

PC Berry was said to be a frequent visitor to the coffee shop, where he is also alleged to have made suggestive remarks about the sister of another staff member and made an unsolicited approach to a customer.

Mr Williamson said: 'PC Berry's behaviour made staff feel uncomfortable and intimidated. One member of staff said of him, 'I think he is just an old pervert'.'

It was alleged the officer also made advances to police staff and members of the public.

Reported incidents date back to 2005, when he is alleged to have made a sexual proposition to a communications officer.

Mr Williamson said: 'He arrived at her home in a marked police car having been invited to have a look at her new caravan. He made propositions which she rejected.'

It is also alleged he sent an unsolicited text message to a civilian detention officer.

PC Berry was also accused of making 'unwanted contact and advances' over email to another member of staff.

The woman said the exchange, in April 2014 'made her skin crawl'.

The inquiry was told that between February 2013 and April 2015, PC Berry had repeatedly messaged a fellow officer, including 60 times in one shift. Some of the messages were of a sexual nature.

Between September 2014 and May 2015 records from PC Berry's phone showed he sent numerous messages to a special constable.

This included two shots of himself in his boxer shorts and of his exposed penis, all while on duty.

From May 2014 to June 2015, a total of 1,885 personal messages were sent while on duty. Mr Williamson said: 'It is a difficult argument to suggest that sexting while at work is appropriate.'

He also sent two messages in which he admitted having been asleep on duty. On February 12, 2015 he texted: 'I've just been asleep on the M55... not good on earlies.'

Concerns were also raised by senior officers that the PC had ignored blue light calls.

On May 15, 2015 he ignored requests to attend an assault, remaining parked outside a bar in a nearby street until specifically instructed to attend.

At midnight on May 17, 2015, he was requested to attend another assault but said he could not as he was already 'dealing with a vehicle'. But a senior officer saw PC Berry in his car outside a bar in Market Street, Blackpool.

He kept the PC under observation and at no point saw the vehicle. PC Berry's actions were reported and the officer who spotted him said he had been 'engaging in conversation from the driver's seat with women'.

The same month, PC Berry is alleged to have given a lift home to a woman he met on the website 'fabswingers'.

On the same day, he is alleged to have driven away from the Blackpool area - during work time - to meet a PC with whom he was having a sexual relationship.

In her written evidence she said: 'We would meet most days. He would drive over from where he was to see me.'

One charge related to a number of advances made by PC Berry to police staff and members of the public.

In April 2015, PC Berry was alleged to have made several attempts to ask out a worker at a Blackpool taxi firm he met in the resort.

His efforts to woo her included calling her office and turning up outside her work in an unmarked patrol car.

In evidence the woman, said: 'I joked with one colleague that he was stalking me.'

PC Berry was not present at the hearing and the panel was told he had not attended misconduct interviews, despite three requests to do so.

He made no representations written or otherwise to the hearing, and has not denied any of the allegations made.

He was suspended from duty on June 12 last year. PC Berry has 10 days to appeal the decision.

Lancashire Constabulary's Head of Professional Standards, Det Supt Sam Mackenzie, said: 'The hearing has found that PC Berry's behaviour while on duty and while he should have been serving the public of Lancashire was wholly unacceptable.

'Conduct of this type not only undermines the trust and confidence of the communities of Lancashire in our officers and staff, but the police service as a whole. 'I am very sorry for any harm that this conduct has caused and I apologise to those people on behalf of the Constabulary.'          

Original report here

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