Detective sacked for 'unorthodox' approach to policing

A bungling police detective was sacked for his "unorthodox" approach to policing and his part in losing potentially vital evidence seized during a police raid.

The admin skills of detective constable Steve Waters were so poor a move to prosecute him had to be dropped due to the lack of proper records.

The IPCC found that Dc Waters failed to properly investigate the case despite the fact that two people remained on police bail after the raid.

When the seized property subsequently had to be returned due to his "inadequate investigation" Dc Waters took a DIY approach which saw him borrow a lorry and call on a friend.

Dc Waters, a Gwent Police detective based in south Wales, was sacked in February after an Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) inquiry.

An appeal against his dismissal is still pending.

The police watchdog was called in after the owner of the seized property complained that some of the property was not returned.