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Britain’s rudest police officer fired after swearing on on duty

Britain’s rudest female police officer is sacked after breaking wind on duty, asking colleague if he wanted affair with ‘fatter, ugly, older woman’ and calling driver ‘a c***’ as she arrested him

  • Detective Constable Claire Fitzpatrick, 44, repeatedly used the C-word on duty
  • She asked officer if he wanted to have an affair with a ‘fatter, ugly, older woman’
  • Fitzpatrick was dismissed after a hearing of the Gwent Police discipinary panel 
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Britain’s rudest female police officer has been sacked after breaking wind outside her sergeant’s office and swearing whilst on duty.

Detective Constable Claire Fitzpatrick, 44, repeatedly used the C-word and asked a junior officer if he wanted to have an affair with a ‘fatter, ugly, older woman’, a disciplinary hearing heard.

Fitzpatrick said foul language was part of ‘a culture of banter’ at the village police station in Bedwas, South Wales and the C-word ‘replaced the F-word as swear word of choice’. 


Claire Fitzpatrick (pictured) said foul language was part of ‘a culture of banter’ at the village police station in Bedwas, south Wales

The mother-of-two, who was working as a temporary sergeant, admitted breaking wind in the station – but said: ‘It wasn’t deliberately’.

She said: ‘Sometimes I would speak like the character Borat [a fictional satirical character played by Sacha Baron Cohen], or use a silly voice to say: ‘Rather out than in’.’

Fitzpatrick, a Gwent Police officer,  was accused of 25 counts of inappropriate behaviour – amounting to gross misconduct.

She has now been dismissed from the force where she had worked for 22 years after denying misconduct.

Fitzpatrick told the panel that the C-word ‘had replaced the F-word as the swear word of choice.’

The hearing in Cwmbran, South Wales, heard Fitzpatrick once arrested a motorist telling him: ‘You’re driving like a c***.’

She said: ‘The officer with me said: ‘Sergeant, you can’t say that to him.’

‘I took a deep breath with my head in my hands, and said I’m sorry to the driver.’

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 The panel heard the junior officer said no when asked by Fitzpatrick if he wanted to have an affair and when he did so she allegedly replied: ‘I’ll be gentle, I promise.’

Fitzpatrick also asked another woman officer if she ‘had any cream for thrush’ while inside the packed police station.

She accepted saying it but denied it was done in a ‘bullying’ manner.

She said: ‘I wasn’t suffering from thrush at the time, so I wasn’t asking her some literally.

‘It was just another example of stupid, inappropriate things being said.’

Nick Gedge, representing DC Fitzpatrick, said the detective had never faced misconduct allegations before.

Mr Gedge said: ‘She would often make herself the butt of the jokes to jolly along an atmosphere as it were.’

The hearing was told DC Fitzpatrick’s team was understaffed and could be seen as a ‘difficult shift’ to manage.


Fitzpatrick, a Gwent Police officer, was accused of 25 counts of inappropriate behaviour – amounting to gross misconduct

Colleagues described her as having an ‘unique sense of humour’ and being ‘crude with her comments.’

In one email from a colleague she was told to ‘apply the filter occasionally’.

DC Fitzpatrick admitted using bad language but denied saying it in a demeaning way.

She said: ‘When you read these allegations you hang your head in embarrassment and shame.

‘You read that and you almost gasp and go: ‘Who is this individual.’

‘Having hit this position that I’m in has made me realise how much I need to change. How much I need to be a better person.’

She was dismissed after a hearing of the Gwent Police discipinary panel who will give their formal reasons for his sacking later. 


Fitzpatrick the C-word ‘replaced the F-word as swear word of choice at Bedwas police station in South Wales

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