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'I love weed' hat Pc sacked after panel ruled he committed gross misconduct

North Yorkshire police officer Simon Ryan has been sacked by a disciplinary panel who ruled he had committed gross misconduct.

Ryan wore a woolly hat with 'I love weed' on while on duty and also wrote "paedo" and "paedophile" on a CV during an investigation into an allegation of child abuse.

The hearing was told Ryan did it to amuse colleagues.

The hearing at the police headquarters is the first disciplinary the force has held where the public and press are allowed to attend.

The panel heard Pc Ryan found the CVs at a house during a search into an allegation of a sex offence involving a child in January 2015.

Under "interests", Pc Ryan amended the CV to say "abusing children", the hearing was told.

He then showed the CV to colleagues, did not record it as evidence and later destroyed it in the confidential waste at Northallerton Police Station.

Only 10 days later, he was on duty when he wore a hat with a cannabis logo and the message "I love weed", both in the office and while on mobile patrol.

Police officer who wore 'I love weed' hat set to learn his fate after gross misconduct ruling

North Yorkshire Police headquarters Credit: PA / Tom Wilkinson

A North Yorkshire police officer who wore an "I love weed" woolly hat on duty and scribbled "puerile" abuse on a CV during a probe into an allegation of child abuse is set to learn his fate following a disciplinary hearing.

A panel ruled Pc Simon Ryan of North Yorkshire Police was guilty of gross misconduct after he wrote "paedo" and "paedophile" on the document to amuse colleagues.

The hearing at the police headquarters is the first disciplinary the force has held where the public and press are allowed to attend.

Pc Ryan was due back before the panel on Tuesday to hear the outcome. He could be sacked from the force.

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