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Police officer sacked for gross misconduct

An Avon and Somerset Police officer has been sacked after making "abusive and highly offensive comments to colleagues" while off duty.

The force says PC James McCall has been dismissed following a hearing yesterday, which found him guilty of gross misconduct.

He was found to have breached "standards of authority, respect and courtesy, conduct, and duties and responsibilities."

It relates to two incidents in Taunton last year.

They say the first saw PC McCall use offensive language towards PCSOs in the town centre in September 2018.

The second incident was at a social event in the town three months later in December.

On that occasion it is said he behaved "completely inappropriately" and used "deeply offensive and discriminatory language", to his colleagues. 

“All forms of discriminatory behaviour and conduct are completely inexcusable and have no place in the police service," a statement from the police reads.

They add that PC McCall was also found to have failed  to report for duty on two days in September "without good reason".

He has been dismissed without notice.

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