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Police officer sacked after stalking woman in Glossop
Tuesday 29th August 2017 @ 11:42 by Adam Higgins
Crime Glossop Chronicle News

A police officer has been sacked after being convicted of stalking a woman who he followed around a supermarket in Glossop and took many pictures of her. 

Steven Hamilton (pictured) followed and watched his female victim as she shopped in the town’s Tesco store on two separate occasions.

The 49-year-old took a total of 41 photographs of the woman without her knowledge and was charged with both stalking and harassment between September 2016 and February 2017.

He denied both offences but was found guilty after a trial in June.

Greater Manchester Police has now confirmed Hamilton has been dismissed for gross misconduct after disciplinary proceedings were brought against him as a result of his conviction.

A GMP spokesman said: “PC Steven Hamilton breached the standards of professional behaviour expected by all employees of Greater Manchester Police.

“He displayed behaviour and actions that could undermine the public’s confidence in the police service, which is simply unacceptable.

“A full investigation was carried out and following a special case hearing, an independent panel deemed his behaviour to be gross misconduct and he was dismissed.”

Hamilton, who lives in Holmes Chapel in Cheshire, was ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work and was issued with a restraining order, meaning he cannot contact the victim by any means or enter the Shirebrook estate in Glossop for a year.

He must also pay £620 in costs and an £85 victim surcharge.