‘Triple sickie’ policeman sacked over horse racing journeys – BBC News

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Media captionPC Jonathan Adams called in sick but was assured on TV celebrating a win at Ascot( Footage courtesy Racing UK )

A police officer who hurled a “sickie” three times to watch horse racing has been sacked after being is guilty of gross misconduct.

PC Jonathan Adams went twice to Nottingham Racecourse and to Royal Ascot where he was ensure celebrating a win on television.

The officer said the trip-ups were “therapeutic” to deal with a “toxic” work environment.

A disciplinary hearing concluded PC Adams was “not as sick as he claimed”.

PC Adams, an officer at Gloucester’s Barton Street station, part-owned a pony with a racing cartel.

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Image caption PC Jonathan Adams told trips to the races were ‘therapeutic’

The panel was told that in September 2015 and April 2016 he had reported in sick and went to Nottingham racecourse to watch the pony he part-owned, named Little Lady Katy.

In June 2016 he reported in sick again and went to Royal Ascot to watch Quiet Reflection, another horse owned by his syndicate, win the Commonwealth Cup.

The misconduct panel was shown a television clip of PC Adams jumping around and celebrating.

‘Struggling’

Stephen Morley, presenting the occurrence for the force, told the hearing: “In a nutshell, on three occasions he purposely reported sick in order to go to the horse races.

“We do not accept he was sick at all. He was throwing a sickie to run pony racing.”

PC Adams said he had taken time off to avoid a “toxic” environment at Barton Street station. He described suffering belly cramps, migraines and irritable bowel syndrome.

The hearing was told it was “quite clear” he was “not OK” and was “struggling with his environment”.

Richard Shepherd, representing PC Adams, said: “He would not have let his colleagues down to go on a jolly at the races. It is not in his DNA.”

But Alex Lock, chair of the panel, told: “We are forced to conclude that Pc Adams was not suffering different degrees of sickness that he claimed he was.

“It is important that police officers are honest and that public confidence should be upheld.

“In the circumstances we conclude that dismissal without notice is appropriate in order to maintain public confidence in the force.”

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