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Cop who posted offensive tweets about celebs faces sack

Cop who posted offensive tweets about celebs faces sack

A policeman was facing the sack after he tweeted abuse to TV celebrities and called for an estate he had policed from the show Benefits Street to be bulldozed with "people still inside it".

Pc Graham Wise admitted sending the offensive messages from the canteen of Cleveland Police's headquarters while he was on breaks, a disciplinary panel heard.

He called former EastEnder Daniella Westbrook a "washed up cokehead with one nostril", described Gemma Collins as "fat c***" and called the tennis player Nick Kyrgios a "bellend".

The officer had previously worked in Stockton, Teesside, and had policed the estate where the show Benefits Street was filmed.

He tweeted to the Gazette newspaper saying "Bulldoze it, preferably with the majority of people still inside it", the hearing at the force headquarters in Middlesbrough was told.

He tweeted about a character from the reality show Benefits By the Sea, saying: "Hopefully by the end of the show Disco Dave will be dead. #rats."

Commenting on the show 24 Hours in Custody, he wrote: "Some defence solicitors really grip my shit."

About Lady Colin Campbell from I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here, he posted: "Why is everyone scared to say Lady C is a c***."

He also called boxer Anthony Joshua's opponent Dillian Whyte a "t***", a "tosser" and "a deluded idiot".

In another message he said Whyte had "blocked" him.

Pc Wise praised someone for telling a taxi driver "where to go", saying they were "arseholes, the lot of them".

Asked by the panel chairman Gerry Sydenham if he was on breaks at the force HQ when he sent the tweets, Pc Wise replied: "I will have either been in the canteen or the kitchen next door."

One of the messages, which were sent between June last year to January, referred to "goat f***ers" beheading "innocents".

Mr Anderson read a series of abusive tweets Pc Wise sent, including calling Gemma Collins a "fat c***".

Three days later, about the Celebrity Big Brother show, he wrote: "Gemma Collins = fat lazy f***er. Daniella = washed up coke head with one nostril. Why do I watch these shows. #CBB".

Mr Anderson told the hearing that although Pc Wise said he thought only his followers could see his tweets, he used hashtags, and they were all accessible by the public.

Mr Anderson said Pc Wise's conduct fell below standards of professional behaviour, respect and courtesy.

An investigation was launched after an email, possibly sent from someone using a pseudonym, accused Pc Wise of sending tweets of an abusive, sexist or derogatory nature to sports personalities, TV stars and victims of crime.

Pc Wise told investigators he thought his Twitter account was only accessible by his 170 followers, made up of family and friends.

He told officers he had been "absolutely stupid".

The hearing was told some tweets made it obvious he was a serving officer, including one which referred to him having a role at HQ.

He is also accused of accessing the force intelligence system to look up information on criminals, some of whom he went to school with, without justification.

He is not accused of passing on that information to any third party.

Pc Wise told investigators he was a "nosey policeman" and wanted to bring himself up to date after a period off work with illness.

Some of the hearing was closed to the media when it dealt with some aspects of his medical history.

Pc Wise, who had served in the Royal Navy, did say in an open section of the hearing that he had mental health issues and he was still undergoing treatment.

At the time of the investigation, Pc Wise was working in a role at police headquarters dealing with calls from the public and assessing whether they warranted uniformed officers to attend.

The panel has adjourned to consider its findings.

If he is guilty of gross misconduct, he should be fired immediately, the hearing was told.