Female cop accused of FARTING and asking colleague if he wanted sex with 'old, ugly woman'

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‘BANTER CULTURE’: Det Con Fitzpatrick defended her actions (Pic: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

Detective Constable Claire Fitzpatrick, 44, is accused of repeatedly using the C-word and breaking wind in front of other officers.

Det Con Fitzpatrick is fighting to save her job at a misconduct hearing by saying her antics were part of “a culture of banter” at Bedwas police station, Wales.

Gwent Police officer Fitzpatrick, who had been promoted to a temporary sergeant, is accused of 25 counts of inappropriate behaviour, amounting to gross misconduct.

She insists her words were said “in jest” and denies misconduct after 22 years service in the Welsh force.

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MISCONDUCT HEARING: The mum-of-two is fighting to save her job (Pic: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

“I said: ‘Well if you ever fancy an affair with a fatter, ugly, older woman who wears glasses I have a number’”

Detective Constable Claire Fitzpatrick

Mum-of-two Fitzpatrick allegedly asked a male PC if he had a girlfriend and whether he wanted an affair with “an older woman”.

When he said no, she allegedly replied: “I’ll be gentle, I promise.”

But Fitzpatrick insisted she was joking and told the panel: “I don’t know how the conversation started but we started speaking about whether he had a girlfriends or children.

“I said: ‘Well if you ever fancy an affair with a fatter, ugly, older woman who wears glasses I have a number.’

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BREAKING WIND: Det Con Fitzpatrick said it wasn’t ‘deliberate’ (Pic: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

“He said: “No thank you”. In response I pretended to throw up in my mouth, and he moved away to sit down.

“I thought instantly that I had said the wrong thing at the wrong time. I went over to him, put my hand on his shoulder and said that I didn’t mean it, that he didn’t know my sense of humour and that I was sorry.

“He kind of acknowledged that. He knew I wasn’t serious.”

She also admitted breaking wind outside the sergeant’s office at the station – but said: “It wasn’t deliberately”.

The misconduct hearing at Gwent Police Headquarters in Cwmbran was told Fitzpatrick would regularly swear and once arrested a motorist telling him: “You’re driving like a c***”.

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HEARING: Det Con Fitzpatrick denies bullying and inappropriate behaviour (Pic: WALES NEWS SERVICE)

Fitzpatrick – who has been a detective for 12 years – denies bullying and inappropriate behaviour.

Her representative, Nick Gedge, asked her whether she engaged in inappropriate and offensive behaviour.

She replied: “That isn’t an activity that I engage in.”

The panel also heard colleagues had complained about Det Con Fitzpatrick’s frequent use of the same four-letter C-word around Bedwas police station.

“That was just the nature of the place,” said Det Con Fitzpatrick. “It replaced the F-word as the swear word of choice.”

The hearing continues on Thursday.

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