South Yorkshire police chief sacks two bobbies for committing crimes

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Two South Yorkshire police officers have been sacked this week after being convicted of separate crimes at court.

PC Lee Lucas, who was based at Rotherham’s Main Street police station, was convicted last month of making indecent images of children and misconduct in a public office.

His offending 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 South Yorkshire Police probe identified that Lucas, 39, had excessive and unexplained contact with eight women during 2013.

The women had contacted the police force to report incidents including harassment and domestic abuse.

When officers searched Lucas’ home, his computer hard drive was seized and around 1,400 indecent images of children were discovered.

Lucas was suspended from his post in December 2013 and is to be sentenced on 21 December, but yesterday Chief Constable David Crompton dismissed him from his post.

Operation Pigeon led to two other South Yorkshire police officers being sacked at earlier misconduct hearings over their inappropriate contact with vulnerable members of the public.

PC Richard Whitham, 35, who worked at Moss Way police station in Sheffield, has been dismissed after being convicted of two counts of common assault. His crimes relate to an incident in Sheffield while off duty on February 22.

He is to be sentenced on Wednesday, November 18.

Chief Constable 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 and I hope this demonstrates that we are determined to uphold high standards of behaviour in the force.”