January 8th 2021
Five officers in an elite unit caught making racist, sexist and homophobic remarks have been sacked for their “shameful” conduct. A covert bug recorded members of Hampshire police’s serious organised crime unit wishing death on foreigners, and an investigation found that part of the office where a black officer worked was called “Africa corner”. Olivia Pinkney, Hampshire’s chief constable, accepted that the disastrous episode had “undermined the trust and confidence of our communities and damaged the reputations of their colleagues”. Six officers were last month found guilty of gross misconduct. A discipline tribunal on Friday ruled that three officers who were still serving should be dismissed without notice. They are DS Oliver Lage, DS Gregory Willcox and PC James Oldfield (Also turned up to work drunk). Two who have already left the force were told they would also have been sacked if they were still serving. They are the officer in charge of the unit, retired Detective Inspector Tim Ireson, and former PC Craig Bannerman.
Detective Inspector Timothy Ireson
DS Oliver Lage
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