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Shropshire Police Community Support Officer dismissed

Allegations were made against the PCSO relating to a "personal relationship". Credit: West Mercia Police

Aa West Mercia Police Community Support Officer has been dismissed with immediate effect for Gross Misconduct after a hearing conducted last week.

It follows an investigation by the Professional Standards Department after an allegation of discreditable conduct was made against the Police Community Support Officer relating to a "personal relationship".

The Police Community Support Officer had completed six years' service with West Mercia Police. Following the allegation being made, the Police Community Support Officer was immediately suspended from their duties within the Safer Neighbourhood Team where they worked in Shropshire, and a thorough investigation was launched.

The outcome of the hearing is subject to the normal appeals process.

"The Misconduct Hearing found that the behaviour of the Police Community Support Officer fell below the standards we expect from our officers and staff, and amounted to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour.

This fell outside the expectations made clear in the Code of Ethics and our joint values, and amounted to Gross Misconduct.

It is for this reason that the PCSO was dismissed."

– Detective Superintendent Gary Watson, Head of Standards for West Mercia and Warwickshire Police.

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McCanns win libel case against former Police Chief

Kate and Gerry McCann claim the accusations in Goncalo Amaral's book harmed the search for their daughter Credit: PA Wire

Kate and Gerry McCann, the parents of missing Madeleine McCann have been awarded damages in their libel case against a former Portuguese police chief.

They claimed former detective Goncalo Amaral made defamatory statements about Kate and Gerry McCann in a book he wrote.

The couple claimed 'The Truth Of The Lie' published in 2008, damaged the search for their missing daughter and added to their anguish.

A court in Lisbon ruled against Mr Amaral, and ordered him to pay damages to the McCanns.

Madeleine went missing in May 2007 from the couple's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz in the Algarve, and despite a worldwide hunt, she has never been found.

Last year, British and Portuguese police examined patches of ground in the resort, but had no success.

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Disabled ex-serviceman wins gold in powerlifting competition

A former Staff Sergeant from Lincolnshire who lost both legs in Afghanistan has won gold at a world weightlifting championships.

Micky Yule won gold in the Open Men's Up to 65kg category in the IPC Powerlifting Americas Open Championships.

The event in Mexico City featured more than 120 athletes from 25 countries.

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