A police inspector has been sacked from his £50,000-a-year job after he told bosses he was too ill to work properly – but went on a paragliding holiday abroad.
Inspector Julian Moulton was off sick having told his employers Norfolk Police that he was in ‘significant pain’ and unsteady on his feet.
Moulton then went abroad for a paragliding holiday where he was injured after he had an accident while taking part in the sport.
After sustaining further injuries during the accident which delayed his return to work the inspector then tried to cover up how he was hurt and the fact that he had been abroad when it happened.
He did not tell his bosses the injuries were from a paragliding accident and instead claimed his ‘existing injuries’ were the reason he was unable to do his job.
A misconduct hearing at Norfolk Police headquarters found Inspector Moulton was dishonest
A misconduct hearing at Norfolk Police headquarters found Inspector Moulton was dishonest when stating how he had suffered his injuries because the account he gave of his physical impairment resulting from his existing injury was untrue because he had been well enough to go paragliding.
The panel decided that the officer’s conduct breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour and he was dismissed without notice though he has a right of appeal to a Police Appeals Tribunal.
A spokesman for Norfolk Police said: ‘We expect the highest level of personal and professional behaviour from all of our officers but Julian Moulton was found to have fallen far short of those expectations.
‘He reported being unable to carry out his full role due to a medical condition and as such was placed on restricted duties. This meant that he did not work full hours and was limited in the tasks that could be given to him.
‘While on restricted duties he was involved in an accident taking part in paragliding activities overseas during which he sustained further injuries. He was also found to have not been honest about how these injuries were sustained.
‘Such behaviour clearly breaches the high levels of integrity we expect from our officers. We recognise that the actions of Julian Moulton risk undermining public confidence in policing.
‘We also know that his hard-working former colleagues will feel let down by his actions.
‘It is important that the outcome of these hearings are publicised so that communities and our workforce are aware of action taken by the force when conduct falls short of the standards expected.’