Sussex

Eastbourne taxi misconduct hearing for senior policeman

A senior Sussex police officer cleared of allegations he made racist remarks to a taxi driver in Eastbourne has attended a misconduct hearing.

The allegations concerned an argument with two taxi drivers in the East Sussex town on 5 September.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) found the officer's behaviour fell short of that expected from a police officer.

The force says he has now been given management advice.

It followed a misconduct meeting on 30 March chaired by a chief officer from another force.

Officer changes

The officer was suspended from duty last year but the suspension was lifted on 17 February.

A spokeswoman said his role would be "considered" when a number of senior officer changes took place in the next few weeks.

The IPCC also investigated allegations that an East Sussex-based inspector unlawfully accessed a force IT system in relation to the incident.

A file was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service, which decided to take no further action.

The two officers were off-duty at the time of the argument.

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