Metropolitan Police sued by two WPCs for sexual harassment

Two women police officers are each suing the Metropolitan Police for £1m over alleged sexual harassment by three policemen at stations in the Romford area.

WPC Paula Church accused senior management of a cover-up after it pressurised the serving officers not to press criminal charges for sexual assault.

Church and the other officer, WPC Julie Facey, are also suing the three officers concerned.

Facey said one officer pulled down his trousers while driving a patrol car and asked her to perform a sex act on him. She said another officer called her a “cute babe” and allegedly told her: “Until I get another fit bird on the team, you’re not going anywhere. I need a reason to come in every day.”

Church accused a third officer of asking her about her underwear, suggesting sexual forfeits, stalking her and repeatedly sending her text messages.

Facey added that she was ostracised and victimised, saying her career was “going nowhere”.

One male officer was sacked in November 2008 for breaching the Met’s politeness and tolerance code.

Solicitor Lawrence Davies, of Equal Justice, said: “If what they say is true, it will show that the Met is more interested in protecting its image than tackling serious sexual misconduct.”

Davies, who is also representing Mona Awad in her discrimination case against HBOS, said he expected the case to be heard in September.

The Metropolitan Police Service has denied the claims.

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