Police officer sacked for pulling triple 'sickie' to watch horse racing

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A police officer who threw a “sickie” three times to go and watch horse racing has been sacked after he was found guilty of gross misconduct.

PC Jonathan Adams went twice to Nottingham race course and once to Royal Ascot during a nine-month period.

He claimed the trips were “therapeutic” to deal with his “toxic” working environment.

A Gloucestershire Police disciplinary hearing found allegations of gross misconduct proven against PC Adams and dismissed him without notice.

PC Adams part-owned two horses in the Ontoawinner syndicate and in September 2015 and April 2016 he reported sick to go to Nottingham race course to see a horse he owned a 2.5 per cent stake in.

The following June he claimed to be ill but went to Royal Ascot meeting his then girlfriend and staying overnight in a hotel.

Television footage of him celebrating at Ascot as Quiet Reflection, a horse owned by his syndicate, won the Commonwealth Cup was played to the hearing.

He was seen jumping around and celebrating the horse’s win with other members of the syndicate.

Stephen Morley, presenting the case for the force, told the hearing: “In a nutshell on three occasions he deliberately reported sick in order to go to the horse races.

“There is no dispute that he reported sick and there is no dispute that he did go to the races.

“PC Adams says that he found that going to the horse racing was a good coping mechanism and making him feel better.

“We do not accept he was sick at all. He was throwing a sickie to go horse racing.”

PC Adams joined Gloucestershire Police in 2014 from the Civil Nuclear Constabulary.

After completing his training he was posted to Barton Street police station in central Gloucester in July 2015 before moving to a different station the following summer.

Mr Morley said there was no dispute with Pc Adams being dyslexic and that he found working at Barton Street police station “difficult”.

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