Two South Yorkshire police officers sacked after being convicted

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TWO POLICE OFFICERS have been formally dismissed by South Yorkshire Police today after being convicted of crimes earlier this month.

Lee Lucas, a PC who was formally based at Rotherham’s Main Street Police Station, previously admitted misconduct in a public office, as well as making indecent images of children.

Lucas’s crimes came to light following the launch of Operation Pigeon, an investigation exploring whether any officers were abusing their position by contacting vulnerable members of the public.

The investigation identified that Lucas had excessive and unexplained contact with eight women during 2013.

The women were vulnerable members of the public who had contacted the police in relation to incidents including harassment, domestic abuse and other crime. During an internal investigation into these matters, Lucas’s home was searched and his computer hard drive was seized and 1,400 indecent images of children were discovered.

Lucas was suspended in December 2013. He will be sentenced on December 21.

At a hearing with Chief Constable David Crompton earlier, 
Lucas was dismissed from the force.

Richard Whitham, 35, a PC who was previously based at Moss Way Police Station in Sheffield, has also been dismissed after being convicted of two counts of common assault. His crimes relate to an incident while off duty on 22 February in Sheffield. He will be sentenced on Wednesday November 18.

Neither men were present for their hearings.

Chief Constable David Crompton said: “The hard working and committed staff in the force will be disgusted by the actions of both these officers.

“They have been dismissed without notice following internal investigations.”