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Police dismissed over net photos

Five police officers have been dismissed for gross misconduct after posting secretly taken photos of the public on the internet.

The constables, from the Metropolitan Police, were dismissed without notice for "discreditable conduct" following a misconduct hearing, Scotland Yard said.

A sixth officer was issued with a final written warning.

All the officers were attached to Camden Borough at the time of the allegations.

The hearing was told that the officers, while on duty, posted a number of covertly-taken images of members of the public and colleagues on social media.

They also shared comments on the pictures which were found to be "disrespectful and in one case predatory".

A seventh constable was arrested in February last year after similar allegations were made against him.

He was released with no further action regarding any criminal investigation, but a misconduct investigation continued and he resigned in December.

The dismissed officers were found to have breached the professional standards of "discreditable conduct and authority, respect and courtesy" and their behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, of the Directorate of Professionalism, said: "This was disgraceful behaviour from a small group of officers and it is only right and just that they have been dismissed from the Met.

"We expect the very highest standards of behaviour from our officers and when they fall short of those standards they can expect to be held to account."

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