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Suffolk Police officer Panicos Monk 'dismissed'

A detective who harassed his colleague after their relationship broke down has been "dismissed" from Suffolk Police.

Det Sgt Panicos Monk, 44, of Bedfield, Suffolk, received a two-year community order in July after sending abusive text, email and Facebook messages.

Suffolk Police said following a gross misconduct hearing last week, a 44-year-old man had been "dismissed with three months' notice".

Norwich magistrates heard Monk sent 200 messages before being reported.

They were also told that Monk had left his wife and children for the female detective and when the new relationship faltered, on one occasion he pulled his car in front of hers and forced her to stop on a busy road.

The "highly-commended" officer, who served in Suffolk Police's investigation management unit, received the community order after admitting harassment without violence and was given a three-year restraining order.

He was also told to pay his victim £500 compensation and ordered to attend a programme aimed at improving his behaviour in relationships.

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