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Last Updated: Thursday, 14 September 2006, 16:34 GMT 17:34 UK
Pc sacked for 'dogging' on duty
Pc Darren Lumber (pic: courtesy Bristol United Press)
Pc Lumber's behaviour was deemed to have been 'disgraceful'
A police officer from Bristol has been sacked after he allegedly went "dogging" while on duty.

A disciplinary hearing heard Pc Darren Lumber, 35, joined in with a man and a woman as they had sex in a car park at Sand Point, near Weston-super-Mare.

Asst Ch Con Steve Mortimore branded his behaviour "disgraceful".

Mr Lumber, who was dismissed on the grounds of misconduct, said he had always "strongly denied" the allegation and would appeal against the decision.

Mr Lumber, who was a beat manager in Kewstoke, was investigated after a fellow member of staff became concerned about his behaviour.

Utmost honesty

The alleged incident took place last December at the National Trust beauty hotspot.

Assistant Chief Constable Steve Mortimore said the force would not tolerate "dogging".

"His actions do not represent the professionalism of the 5,000 plus police officers and police staff who work for this organisation," he said.

"The public of Avon and Somerset expect, quite rightly, our staff to behave in a manner befitting their position and with the utmost honesty and integrity."

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