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Police federation back cannabis hat PC Simon Ryan who was sacked following disciplinary hearing

North Yorkshire Police Federation have given their backing to an officer sacked for wearing a woolly hat with 'I Love Weed' on while on patrol.

On Monday a panel ruled Pc Simon Ryan of North Yorkshire Police was found to have committed gross misconduct after he wrote "paedo" and "paedophile" on a CV during an investigation into an allegation of child abuse. The hearing was told he did it to amuse colleagues.

Ten 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.

On Tuesday the panel concluded that the appropriate sanction "was dismissal without notice demonstrating the gravity attached by the panel to the gross misconduct".

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

PC Brad Jackson, deputy secretary of North Yorkshire Police Federation, spoke outside of the hearing on behalf of PC Ryan.

This has been a very difficult period in PC Ryan's career and personal life which he accepts was brought on by his own doing. PC Ryan has apologised unreservedly for his actions and extends his apology to the public and people of North Yorkshire. North Yorkshire Police Federation will continue to support Simon as he moves forward after today's decision."

– PC Brad Jackson North Yorkshire Police Federation

The panel chairman, Lindsey Hall, told Pc Ryan: "The public have the right to expect the highest standards of behaviour and conduct from the police officers who serve them."

She said his admission of defacing the CV - described during the hearing as tampering with evidence - would have to be disclosed if he was allowed to remain in his job and if he was involved in searches as part of criminal proceedings.

That would affect his operational ability to carry out his duties, she said.

His barrister, Guy Ladenburg, had urged the panel on Monday to let him keep his job, saying he had played a "very poor practical joke" but was a diligent and hard-working officer of 13 years' experience.

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