The ex-fiancée of a corrupt detective who made more than £1 million selling drugs confiscated from criminals has been fired for “discreditable conduct”.
Detective Constable Tanya Strangeway of West Yorkshire Police was given £10,000 giftwrapped in bundles of £20 and £10 notes as well as a £10,000 Audi car by Nicholas McFadden, a court heard last year.
McFadden, also a detective constable at the same force, was jailed for 23 years for helping himself to heroin, cocaine and cannabis confiscated from criminals and selling it on the streets for more than £600,000.
A confiscation hearing at Leeds Crown Court earlier this year was told how he made a total of £1,102,204.31 from his crimes.
West Yorkshire Police has now confirmed that Ms Strangeway, who had rekindled a “strong relationship” with the corrupt officer, was dismissed at a misconduct hearing in June for discreditable conduct. The allegations against her are thought to be linked to the supply of drugs, though she has never been convicted of any criminal offence.
She had previously lived with and been engaged to McFadden until their relationship ended in 2006, but she told a court they became close again in 2011.
During last year’s trial, the jury heard that McFadden and his accomplice, his brother Simon, who was sentenced to 16 years behind bars, made so much money they ‘did not know what to do with it’.
His colleagues noticed that he purchased a private number plate for his car and talked about gifts he had bought his wife.
Detective Chief Superintendent Clive Wain, of West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department, said the force “expects the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and staff and will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone who fails to meet those standards.”
Meanwhile, no decision has yet been made on the future of Paul Whiteley, the detective convicted last month of a drunken attack in a pub near Whitby.