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Sex on the job police officer gets reinstated because he had control of his gun

By Paul Peachey

A police marksman who had sex with a married woman while on duty avoided the sack because he had control of his loaded gun – even though it was on a holster around his ankles.

Gwent police said that PC Shaun Jenkins' gun was never out of his "direct and immediate control" even after he dropped his trousers to have sex while his colleague waited outside in a car.

PC Jenkins was initially given a written warning after the woman's husband complained.

A file sent to the police watchdog and the husband, however, removed any reference to a loaded gun.

When the husband complained, the force was told to order a full misconduct hearing, which resulted in Pc Jenkins being sacked – although he was later reinstated on appeal.

Tom Davies, from the Independent Police Complaints Commission in Wales, said the finding of the police appeals panel was "surprising".

"I am also bemused by the panel's conclusion that his conduct did not significantly downgrade the protection to the public because there was nothing to suggest he could not have been back in the police vehicle within a minute or two," Mr Davies added.

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