‘Predator’ police constable ‘tried it on’ with four vulnerable domestic abuse victims, inquiry hears

Martin Evans
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Police - Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
Police - Anthony Devlin/PA Wire

A police officer who worked with victims of domestic abuse is facing dismissal after he was accused of “trying it on” with four vulnerable women he was supposed to be helping.

Pc Colin Noble of the West Midlands force, allegedly made “inappropriate comments” to the women between 2014 and 2017. He has denied the claims.

Two years ago the 49-year-old was charged with misconduct in public office after being accused of neglecting legitimate police work in an attempt to pursue a sexual relationship with a complainant.

He was found not guilty by a jury at Birmingham Crown Court, but following publicity surrounding the case more women came forward to make similar allegations.

A West Midlands Police disciplinary hearing was told Pc Colin Noble had been a “predator” who had used his position to pursue relationships with vulnerable women.

It was revealed that one of the complainants had covertly recorded her meetings with him during which he had told her “we could be good together”.

The hearing, which began at the force's HQ on Monday, heard that Pc Noble's conduct towards one victim, labelled Miss X, was "egregious" and she was "clearly uncomfortable with his behaviour".

Giving evidence, Miss X said Pc Noble had asked her if she had "thought about doing modelling before" while looking at her breasts, and asked to "see what you are working with".

Miss X told the panel the officer was "looking me up and down", asked her to "unbutton your shirt" and inquired if she "had any nudes".

She said: "I felt like it was really weird and inappropriate and confusing and like I needed to tell somebody."

The hearing was also told that another woman, Miss C, had been charged with a criminal offence but the police constable still pursued a relationship with her even while she was on bail.

Barney Branston, presenting counsel said Pc Noble, an experienced officer of 17 years displayed an "astonishing lack of respect for vulnerable people" and brought "discredit" to the police service.

He said: "Pc Noble significantly overstepped the mark as to how he should have behaved – seeking to have personal relationships with all these women."

Outlining the allegations made by the other two complainants, Mr Branston said the officer visited Miss A when "there was no good reason to do so".

He said Miss B had made allegations of domestic abuse and she was "extremely uneasy" with Pc Noble visiting her at her private address rather than the police station.

The hearing, scheduled to last up to 10 days, continues.