Met Police officer banned from profession after airdropping sexual messages to c2c train passengers travelling through Essex

A Metropolitan Police officer would've been dismissed had he not already quit
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A former police officer quit the Metropolitan Police before they were able to sack him for sending sexual messages to people on a c2c train before deleting the evidence. PC Luke Stokes was subject to a two-day misconduct hearing that started on April 22.

The findings of the hearing, hosted by Legally Qualified Chair Christopher McKay, have recently been published. The hearing was told that Stokes sent messages of a sexual nature through AirDrop to passengers, including a 16-year-old girl, on a C2C train on April 9, 2022.

In one message Stokes said "bonjour"; in two others he said "hi fancy nice c***" and "anyone of c***". The panel concluded that the messages amounted to gross misconduct.

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The panel also found three other allegations to be proven. Two related to deleting of data from Stokes' phone and another was about his sending of an unsolicited intimate image of his penis to someone in August 2020. The panel's report said Stokes had done this "after she had told you not to do so".

One of the witnesses who gave evidence was a woman who received the messages on the c2c train and was 16 years old at the time of them. The report said: "She confronted him and told him to stop. This is shown on the train CCTV which was viewed in the hearing in the presence of Witness A.

"The response of Officer A at the time was to say “it wasn’t me”. He then pulled out a metal badge in a black wallet which he showed her. The Panel believe that this was his police warrant card.

"Witness A then asked him, “do you have a family at home, why are you doing this?” He replied, “I do, I have a wife and kids”. Some other female passengers heard the commotion and came over to check that she was alright."

The report concluded: "The Panel has decided that the allegations found proved against Officer A are so serious that disciplinary action is called for. To send unsolicited highly sexualised communications to a stranger on a train which could be read by other members of the public and then to try and cover it up is conduct which is highly inappropriate for someone who was at the time a serving police officer.

"This is made all the worse when it became apparent that he had previously sent a picture of his penis to a fellow MPS staff member despite her request that he not do so. The Panel has decided that had Officer still been a serving police officer he would have been dismissed. The name of former PC Stokes shall be added to the barred list."

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