Policeman who shared fake porn of Royal Family and used racist slurs sacked

Five police officers who shared “explicit and highly offensive” fake porn images of the Royal Family were sacked today.

They were part of a Hampshire Police unit which had a “toxic” attitude towards ethnic minorities, immigrants and women.

The fake Royal snaps were sent to a WhatsApp group shortly after the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle in 2018.

A tribunal heard the officers in the chat were all members of the force’s Serious and Organised Crime Unit in Basingstoke.

They were caught using inappropriate language after their office was bugged by the professional standards department.

The officers made homophobic and sexist remarks and referred to the only black member of the team using slavery terms.

He was likened to a mixed breed dog as the detectives sang Buffalo Soldier at him and said he had been flown “from Africa in a crate”.

They also placed a map of Africa on the wall where he and another officer of African heritage sat, nick-naming it ‘African Corner’.

A disciplinary panel ruled the “abhorrent” behaviour was so serious the five officers should be immediately sacked.

Det Insp Tim Ireson, Det Sgt Oliver Lage, Det Sgt Gregory Willcox and Pcs Craig Bannerman and James Oldfield breached professional standards.

They were found guilty of cumulative gross misconduct after the panel spent two days reading the evidence against them.

Trainee Det Con Andrew Ferguson, the most junior officer, was also convicted but he was allowed to keep his job.

Panel Chair John Bassett said the unit’s conduct was “shameful” and the ‘antithesis’ of what the public expects.

Chief Constable Olivia Pinkney admitted the officers’ behaviour had “undermined” the public’s trust in the force.

She said they had “failed to uphold fundamental human rights” and had “damaged” the reputation of colleagues.