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GMP Assistant Chief Constable allowed to keep job

A female police chief has escaped the sack after she launched a drunken tirade at a junior colleague about the size of her breasts.

Assistant Chief Constable Rebekah Sutcliffe, of Greater Manchester Police (GMP), told Superintendent Sarah Jackson that her "credibility was zero" after she had a "boob job" and berated her as a "laughing stock" who would be judged professionally "on the size of her tits".

She then went on to pull down the front of her dress to expose her left breast and say: "Look at these, look at these, these are the breasts of someone who has had three children.

"They are ugly but I don't feel the need to pump myself full of silicone to get self-esteem."

Following a misconduct hearing late last year, a disciplinary panel ruled that she had breached standards of professional behaviour.

But GMP Deputy Chief Constable Ian Pilling ruled on Monday that she could keep her job.

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The panel had stated her gross misconduct had taken her to "the very precipice of dismissal" but accepted it was out of character and recommended a final written warning would suffice.

Ms Sutcliffe, who was the most senior female GMP officer at the time, verbally attacked her younger subordinate following a gala dinner at the national Senior Women in Policing Conference last May.

The haranguing in the early hours of May 6 at Manchester's Hilton Hotel concluded when Ms Sutcliffe told her colleague she was no longer going to support a further promotion for her.

Ms Jackson, who was appointed by Ms Sutcliffe as a temporary superintendent in a secondment role, later said she was "shocked, mortified, embarrassed and ashamed" at the comments made by her superior.

She added that she had suffered "great anxiety from the night itself and since".

Ms Sutcliffe's counsel, John Beggs QC, had handed the panel more than 200 pages of testimonials with many officers speaking of Ms Sutcliffe as "inspirational", "visionary" and "a strong leader".

One unnamed female detective chief inspector at GMP said she is "a role model to many women in the organisation".

Mr Beggs said she remained a role model, with "human frailties", who would "emerge as an even impressive senior leader" if allowed to.

Decision expected over punishment of top police officer

Rebekah Sutcliffe Credit: Granada Reports

A hearing will determine what disciplinary action will be taken against a senior police officer after she bared her breasts at a junior colleague.

Rebekah Sutcliffe has already been found guilty of committing gross misconduct at a hearing in November last year.

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Police investigate after video of anti-Semitic chanting appears online

Greater Manchester Police are investigating after a video of anti-Semitic chanting appeared online.

A spokesman said the video was believed to show fans heading to the Manchester City v Tottenham Hotspur match at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

"Following recent media coverage, Greater Manchester Police have been made aware of a video showing people chanting anti-Semitic songs.

"We believe those involved were heading for the football match between Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday 21 January 2017.

"This has yet to be formally reported to police however we have now launched an investigation and we are treating this as a hate crime.

"We would like to speak to anyone who witnessed the incident or has video footage to contact police as soon as possible.

"There is no place in society for such abhorrent behaviour and we will not tolerate hate crime of any sort in Greater Manchester."

– Superintendent Steve Howard
  • Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 or anonymously via the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Funeral for Oldham cousins killed in alleged hit-and-run

Helina Kotlarova and cousin Zaneta Kvokova Credit: Manchester Evening News

The funeral of two cousins who died following an alleged hit and run crash in Oldham is due to take place.

12 year old Helina Kotlarova died at the scene on Ashton Road on New Year's Eve.

Zaneta Krokova, 11, died later in hospital.

A man has been charged with causing their deaths by dangerous driving.

Three other men are accused of perverting the course of justice.

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Police condemn 'vicious and despicable' attack on horse

Police in Stockport say a horse had to be put to sleep after it was beaten with hammer.

Officers say that shortly after 8pm on Friday, 30 December 2016, the animal received injuries to its face and legs consistent with being hit with a hammer.

The horse, which was in a field off Brindale Road, Brinnington, at the time of the attack, was so badly injured it had to be euthanised.

“This was a vicious and despicable act on a defenceless animal.

“How anyone could harm a living thing is beyond belief.

“The pain the poor horse must have endured is unthinkable and I’m determined to find the person responsible for this sickening offence.

“No one we have spoken to saw the actual attack take place and I would urge anyone who has any information about it to please contact police.”

– Police Constable Louise Butterley,
  • Information can be passed on by calling 101 and quoting incident number 1947 of 30 December 2016.
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