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Police officer ‘used fake emails to order free pints while watching England win’

A police officer used fake email addresses to order dozens of free pints of lager as he watched England’s Euro 2020 win over Germany, a misconduct hearing has found.

A former Humberside PC has been barred in relation to dishonesty after he exploited a promotional offer while watching the England men's football team defeat Germany in Euro 2020.

He had also failed to disclose a speeding offence and that he had been identified as a suspect in a criminal investigation when he made an application to transfer to Derbyshire. 

The details of the probe were not disclosed during the hearing but the panel was told no action was taken against Elliott.

Prosecuting barrister Ms Brooke-Ward further said that he also had been issued a final written warning for a disciplinary matter, the nature of which was also not disclosed.

PC Paul Elliott would have been sacked had he not already resigned, a misconduct panel found today. 

In June 2021, Elliott had three years' service at the time England's win over Germany. 

Alongside friends, he used fake email addresses to order dozens of free pints of lager at a pub in Sheffield. Between the group they secured 26 pints - when the offer was restricted to a one per person limit. 

Ms Brooke-Ward, for the prosecuting authority, said Elliott realised the app did not verify the email addresses provided and ordered multiple pints with made up details.

In a statement given to detectives, the former officer had denied an allegation of securing 10 free pints. 

The bar manager had told investigators the pub was exceptionally busy, with around 300 people generating takings of £4,000 in just two hours. 

Elliott did not turn up to the hearing at the former Goole Magistrates’ Court.

The panel’s independent chairman, Nick Hawkins, said: “Such behaviour is discreditable and undermines public trust and confidence in policing.

“The public have a right to expect police officers to behave with honesty and integrity both on and off duty.

“Former PC Elliott was dishonest on two separate occasions within a short time frame.”

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