Police officer sacked

A POLICE firearms officer based in South Gloucestershire has been sacked for having sex in public places with a vulnerable woman.

Avon & Somerset police said PC Ross Knox exploited the woman, despite being told she suffered from mental health issues including bipolar and borderline personality disorder, and had been the victim of both childhood abuse and domestic violence.

A police misconduct hearing was told the married father, who had been an officer for 23 years, had sex outdoors with the woman at least four times while off duty, in 2022 and last year, and also sent her degrading messages and photos of himself in uniform and with his gun to encourage her to meet him.

Chief Constable Sarah Crew found gross misconduct proven and dismissed PC Knox without notice on May 17.