A police officer has been sacked after sending offensive tweets about celebrities while on breaks in the canteen of his force headquarters.
PC Graham Wise called EastEnders star Danniella Westbrook a ‘washed up cokehead with one nostril’ and described Gemma Collins as a ‘fat c***’.
The Cleveland Police officer had previously worked in Stockton, Teesside, and had policed the estate where the show Benefits Street was filmed.
He Tweeted to the Gazette newspaper saying: ‘Bulldoze it, preferably with the majority of people still inside it’, a disciplinary hearing at the force headquarters in Middlesbrough heard.
He used the hashtag ‘rats’ when tweeting about the estate, the public hearing was told, and referred to tennis ace Nick Kyrgios as a ‘be**end’.
He tweeted about a character from the reality show Benefits By the Sea, saying: ‘Hopefully by the end of the show Disco Dave will be dead.’
Commenting on the show 24 Hours in Custody, he wrote: ‘Some defence solicitors really grip my s**t’.
About Lady Colin Campbell from I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here, he posted: ‘Why is everyone scared to say Lady C is a c***’.
He also called boxer Anthony Joshua’s opponent Dillian Whyte a ‘t**t’, a ‘t***er’ and ‘a deluded idiot’.
Asked by the panel chairman Gerry Sydenham if he was on breaks at the force HQ when he sent the tweets, PC Wise replied: ‘I will have either been in the canteen or the kitchen next door.’
Asa Anderson, counsel for the police, said that although PC Wise told investigators he thought only his 170 followers could see his tweets, he used hashtags, and they were all accessible by the public.
Mr Sydenham said in his judgment it was a ‘sustained, repeated and very serious disregard of professional standards of behaviour expected by police officers’ and the comments were ‘egregious’.
An investigation was launched after an email, possibly sent from someone using a pseudonym, accused PC Wise of sending tweets of an abusive, sexist or derogatory nature to sports personalities, TV stars and victims of crime.
Pc Wise, who has a long term partner and a son, told investigators he had been ‘absolutely stupid’.
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