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Police officer is cleared of accepting a £200 bribe

By Chris Kilpatrick

A police officer accused of making suggestive comments and accepting a bribe from the owners of a restaurant who were seeking to obtain a liquor licence has been cleared of any wrongdoing following an investigation.

An investigation was launched by the Police Ombudsman after the officer received two emails in 2012 alleging impropriety on his part.

One was from a male owner of the restaurant who alleged the officer had accepted £200 in £50 notes from him a few months previously. He said he had been led to believe that the officer took "favours" and stated he believed the officer was due "to object" to a court application for a liquor licence for the restaurant.

The second email appeared to be from the man's female business partner and alleged the officer had made inappropriate comments during a telephone conversation. It claimed the officer had asked questions she found inappropriate and upsetting.

The Police Ombudsman, Dr Michael Maguire, subsequently concluded that there was no evidence to support the allegations against the officer made in the emails.

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