A Thames Valley Police officer was dismissed following a 'physical contact of sexual nature'.

PC Richard Wightman faced allegations that he behaved in an 'inappropriate manner' towards another officer, causing her to feel 'uncomfortable and disturbed'.

It was concluded the allegations were proven and that PC Wightman's behaviour amounted to gross misconduct.

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He was dismissed without a notice on Friday, January 17 after a two-day hearing at Thames Valley Police's headquarters in Kidlington.

Detective chief superintendent Colin Paine, head of professional standards for Thames Valley Police, said: "I give credit to the officer who challenged and reported his behaviour for her courage and integrity; it is never easy to speak up, but it is always right to do so.

"There is no place in Thames Valley Police for someone who behaves in this manner.

"As such the officer was dismissed and his name will be placed on the College of Policing's barred list which will prevent him seeking employment in another police force."