Lancashire Constabulary detectives sacked over car-buying scandal


Four police officers - a Detective Chief Inspector, a Detective Inspector, a Detective Sergeant and a Detective Constable – have all been fired for gross misconduct for their alleged part in a car-buying scam.

It is understood that the officers, who were all based in the Lancashire Constabulary headquarters in Hutton near Preston, had placed orders for vehicles to be used by their covert police unit, knowing that they could later buy them at a heavily discounted price.

The unmarked police cars were regularly changed in order to avoid recognition and would eventually be sold on to the public with huge discounts but it is alleged the officers ordered specific cars with particular specifications for police work, before buying them personally later.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) later investigated the allegations after the force was anonymously alerted to the issue in October 2012.

As a result, all four officer were found guilty of gross misconduct by a panel last week and relieved of their duties.

A police spokeswoman told the BBC: "The case was referred to the IPCC and a full and thorough investigation continued under their supervision which resulted in the officers being charged with gross misconduct, as we were clear that in our view there was a case to answer."

"The impact of their actions has brought discredit to the force," she added.

Some members of the force haven't agreed with the court rulings, as Lancashire Police Federation chairman Rachel Baines revealed to the Lancashire Evening Post: "Lancashire Police Federation fully accept that an investigation into such allegations must take place, but on behalf of the officers, we are extremely disappointed with the result.

"We believe there are lessons to be learnt by the constabulary and we will be working with them to ensure future failings are avoided.

"The officers are considering whether an appeal is appropriate."