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Cleveland Police officer sacked after being caught more than twice the drink drive limit

PC Lee Kirk Credit: Cleveland police

A Cleveland Police officer has been sacked after being caught drink-driving.

PC Lee Kirk was more than twice the legal limit when he was stopped on Blair Avenue, in Ingleby Barwick .

The 42-year-old was convicted last month and faced a “special case hearing” - held in private - at the force’s headquarters in Middlesbrough, on Wednesday.

Kirk, who was part of the local policing team for Billingham, was found to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct.

He was dismissed with immediate effect.

The charge stated that he gave a reading of 81mg of alcohol in 100ml of breath when he was stopped on December 17 last year. The legal limit is 35.

Temporary Chief Constable Simon Nickless said:

The police service expects officers to uphold the highest standards of professional behaviour, as the public would also expect.

PC Kirk has been found to have breached these standards and as such has been dismissed with immediate effect.”

– Temporary Chief Constable Simon Nickless