9 coppers who were sacked or jumped before they were pushed


They are the men and women who are supposed to uphold the law – to the letter as AC-12 boss Superintendent Ted Hastings would say.

But sadly, while Line of Duty is fictional, there have been plenty of crooked coppers who ended up in jail.

Perhaps the most memorable here in Stoke-on-Trent is PC Lee Tatton who served time after being caught with child abuse images.

But it was Crewe police officer Ian Naude whose sex crimes stunned the whole of Cheshire.

There have also been a number of officers who were sacked, resigned or faced disciplinary hearings for breaking force rules.

Here we take a look at the coppers who ended up behind bars, were dismissed in disgrace or got a rap over the knuckles.

PC Lee Tatton



Lee Tatton outside his Stoke-on-Trent home

Shamed police officer Lee Tatton was jailed after he was caught with indecent images of children and encouraging a ’13-year-old boy’ to perform a sex act.

The 54-year-old was on duty with Staffordshire Police when he went on a messenger site and asked the teenager if he was ‘bi, straight or gay’ before making the sexual comment.

And police found the indecent images when they executed a search warrant at his Stoke-on-Trent home in December.

Tatton was jailed for six months but has since been released.

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Ian Naude



Paedophile Cheshire Police officer Ian Naude
Paedophile Cheshire Police officer Ian Naude

Paedophile police officer Ian Naude was jailed for 25 years for 37 offences including the rape and sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl.

The 30-year-old – who was based at Crewe Station – was sentenced after being found guilty of a string of vile crimes.

The Cheshire Police officer met his young rape victim while he was on duty and days later picked her up in his car while her mother was out.

The ‘committed paedophile’ drove her to a quiet country lane where he raped her in the back seat while filming the attack on his phone.

He had denied raping his victim, telling the jury the sex was consensual and she ‘seemed to be enjoying it’.

Honorary recorder of Liverpool Judge Clement Goldstone QC sentenced Naude, of Market Drayton, to 25 years in prison with an extended licence period of five years.

He said: “In order to impose your will on a young girl, three weeks past her 13th birthday, and to commit offences of rape and sexual assault against her, you used and abused your position as a Cheshire Police officer, thereby enabling you to satisfy your lust and perversion.”

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Detective Constable Nicholas Pointon

A serving Staffordshire Police detective used a force computer to track down a woman and strike a relationship following a crash.

Detective Constable Nicholas Pointon met the woman at a minor collision in March 2019 before using the force computer system to track her down.

The 49-year-old allegedly turned up at her home address and struck up a six-month relationship.

An Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) investigation discovered 1,000 messages between the pair had been deleted from his work phone and other devices.

A pocket notebook entry relating to him accessing force computer systems, when he had no policing purpose to do so, was found to have been altered after it had been signed off by a supervising officer.

Staffordshire Police and the IOPC agreed that Mr Pointon, who worked in the regional organised crime unit, had a case to answer regarding gross misconduct.

An independent panel decided Mr Pointon’s actions did indeed mount to gross misconduct and he was dismissed without notice.

As well as being sacked from Staffordshire Police, he was barred from policing.

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Shara Green

A police officer at the centre of a gross misconduct investigation resigned before she was sacked – after lying to bosses about why she was off work.

Staffordshire Police launched their probe into the conduct of Shara Green last year.

But the 24-year-old – who worked as a Hanley-based response officer – quit the force before the conclusion of the investigation.

Now a misconduct hearing has this week found that the officer would have been sacked had she not already resigned.

The hearing found that Ms Green ‘breached honesty and integrity, duties and responsibilities, and displayed discreditable conduct standards by lying about the reason she was off work’.

Her actions were assessed by the disciplinary panel and considered to be ‘so serious as to constitute gross misconduct’.

Ms Green resigned in October. She is now barred from working as a police officer for the rest of her life.

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Sergeant Karl Breen



Sergeant Karl Breen

Police officers Karl Breen was more than five times over the drink-drive limit when he smashed into a parked car in Stoke-on-Trent.

The off-duty Sergeant blew a whopping 196 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath at the scene of the Blurton smash in 2019. The legal limit is 35.

Magistrates heard Breen had been drinking at his Meir Hay home when he received an urgent phone call from his ‘panicked and scared’ teenage daughter who asked him to pick her up.

But Breen never made it after crashing into a Mini on Wyndham Road and flipping over his Nissan.

He was handed a 29-month driving ban as well as a 12-month community order. He was dismissed without notice from Staffordshire Police.

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Patrick Campbell

A former police officer has been found guilty of gross misconduct after abusing force systems to find personal information about women he was chatting with on dating apps.

Patrick Campbell, who resigned from Cheshire Police ahead of his misconduct hearing, also shared an inappropriate video of himself while in full uniform.

He joined the force in 2015 before a number of allegations were levelled against him in September 2018 when the video was discovered on his phone.

This prompted an investigation by the force’s Professional Standards Department which revealed the extent of Campbell’s misconduct and misuse of police systems.

The misconduct hearing went ahead despite Campbell’s resignation and he was found to have breached standards of professional behaviour regarding confidentiality and discreditable conduct.

In addition to the video and misuse of police systems, Campbell was found to have told the women he was chatting to he knew where they lived, which caused them genuine fear and distress.

He also shared an image of a collision with one of the women he met through an app.

It was revealed, had he not resigned, Campbell would have been dismissed without notice. He was also barred from working as a police officer.

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Jamie McArthur

A Staffordshire Police officer would have been sacked from the force had he not already resigned in the midst of a misconduct inquiry.

Jamie McArthur resigned from the force in 2018 after concerns were raised about sexual relationships he had been involved with.

A misconduct hearing examined allegations from March 2010 to May 2017 and April 2017 to July 2017, where it is said his relationships meant he neglected his duties and responsibilities expected of him.

The hearing found that the former police officer’s behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

The panel says he will now be placed on the National College of Policing’s Barred List preventing him from taking a role with another force.

The exact nature of the allegations brought against McArthur were not released by Staffordshire Police.

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PC Andrew Parry

Staffordshire’s top cop apologised to the family of a biker killed in crash as a police officer was sacked after being convicted of misconduct.

Chief Constable Gareth Morgan issued the apology after serving Police Constable Andrew Parry was dismissed without notice.

PC Parry’s career was left in tatters after he was handed a suspended prison sentence for recording footage of the collision in which biker Mark Oarton died – before showing it to his colleagues.

At a Special Case Hearing there was a finding of gross misconduct and he was booted off the force with immediate effect.

Speaking afterwards, Mr Morgan, from Staffordshire Police, said: “This fatal collision was horrific for both the family who have lost a loved one and the officers that attended.

“For one officer to betray the trust of the victim and his family and to share footage of this incident is shocking and reprehensible.

Parry had been called to the accident on the A523 in Rudyard, near Leek, between a motorbike and a lorry before Mr Oarton, aged 56, from Congleton, was pronounced dead at the scene in April 2017.

The 50-year-old, of Stafford Borough, then recorded footage from the scene on his bodycam.

Parry was found guilty of misconduct in a public office and sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, at Nottingham Crown Court.

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Unnamed officer

An unnamed Staffordshire Police officer was dismissed without notice after being found guilty of gross misconduct.

The officer was dismissed after a public misconduct hearing heard he harassed a colleague on a number of occasions between November and December 2016.

He also viewed information held on police systems for personal reasons and attempted to dispose of evidence on his mobile phone.

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