Merseyside Police inspector who had sex in Screwfix car park banned from policing

A Merseyside Police inspector who had sex with a fellow officer in the middle of a Screwfix car park has been banned from policing.

Acting inspector Andrew McLullich swapped lurid messages about female colleagues - describing one new recruit as "tip top, only 19" and "impressionable too".

The 42-year-old exchanged WhatsApp messages with a fellow officer, PC Paul Jackson, in which the pair made graphic sexual comments about numerous female colleagues - with Jackson describing one woman as having "the best t**s on the block".

The former officer, who resigned from the force after being served a regulation 30 notice for misconduct, was at the centre of a contentious court case earlier this year in which another former policeman, Garvin Harper, was accused of assaulting him after catching him in a compromising position with his estranged wife, Stephanie Glynn. Harper, 45, had followed Ms Glynn - also a serving police officer - to the car park of Screwfix in Birkenhead, where he found her having sex with McLullich in the back of his Kia Sportage at around 11.30pm on February 16 2021.

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Harper was cleared of assaulting McLullich, but was found guilty of stalking Ms Glynn after secretly planting a tracking device on her car. He was sentenced two years in jail, suspended for two years.

Merseyside Police has now published the findings of its 2022 misconduct hearing for both McLullich and Jackson, having withheld the report for two years pending the conclusion of the court case.

The panel found McLullich and Jackson breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour with regards to authority, respect and courtesy, equality and diversity, orders and instructions, discreditable conduct, and challenging and reporting improper conduct. Jackson, who also resigned before the outcome of the hearing, was also found to have breached confidentiality rules.

Between March 2020 and January 2021, the pair exchanged perverted texts about multiple female colleagues. On April 13 2020, Jackson sent messages describing one woman as "absolute filth", and "every Dad’s nightmare and dream all in one", adding: "I remember she was dressed rather provocatively at the Xmas do. I’d only need a few minutes... max".

On August 2 2020 the pair discussed a male colleague's wife, whom McLullich said went "straight into top 5”. He encouraged Jackson to "just s**g her, it'll remove the awkwardness".

This was followed by more messages on August 7, in which Jackson said the male colleague was "fed up of bobbies at central perving at (his wife)". McLullich replied: "I saw her leaving Edge Lane yesterday in tight gym gear... you can’t have a nice car and expect others not to admire the view". He added: "I wouldn't mind a quick ride".

Two days later, Jackson took a picture of another female colleague without her knowledge and sent it to McLullich, who told him to watch the woman while she pleasured herself. Jackson replied: “I’ll give her a helping hand”.

On another occasion, McLullich sent Jackson a picture of a new recruit, and Jackson responded with two pictures of superheroes and the words "Hulk smash", which "indicated that he wished to have rough aggressive sexual intercourse with her". McLullich went on to describe the woman as “tip top only 19” and “impressionable too”.

In total, the pair discussed at least 10 different women, one of whom Jackson described as having "the best t**s on the block." The various women were left feeling "shocked, upset and appalled", "uncomfortable and uneasy", "insecure, vulnerable and preyed upon", and "appalled, disgusted and violated.”

The panel ruled that McLullich and Jackson would have been dismissed without notice if they had still been serving officers. Both men were placed on the College of Policing Barred List, meaning they can no longer work in policing.

Detective chief superintendent Cheryl Rhodes, head of Merseyside Police’s Professional Standards Department said: “The behaviour both of these former officers engaged in was inappropriate, highly offensive and totally unacceptable.

“Police officers are expected to behave in a professional, respectful and courteous manner at all times – not only in their interactions with members of the public but also when in the company of and in relation to their colleagues.

“Members of the public would rightly be shocked that these two former officers would choose to behave in such a way and it is right that they no longer wear the uniform of Merseyside Police and their colleagues are protected.

“Our officers are the public face of Merseyside Police and it is vital that our communities feel confident that we will hold officers and staff to account when required.

“We take such action so our communities can be reassured that they are being served by those who abide by the same laws they seek to enforce. It is vital that we do so to protect officers and staff who are committed to promoting and upholding our high values.

“We are working hard to ensure that only the right people work for us, by constantly looking at and improving our vetting process and also empowering officers and members of staff to challenge any inappropriate behaviour they witness, so it can be addressed and any necessary action taken.

“It is important that our officers and staff feel supported when they come forward and that we offer them easy ways to talk to us about any concerns, such as our Call it Out tool and the Crimestoppers Police Integrity Line.”