Ex WPc Claims Racial and Sex Discrimination at Tribunal

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A former West Midlands policewoman has claimed officers failed to carry out a proper investigation into an allegation which led to her being convicted of waging a campaign of harassment against a love rival.

Michelle Begley, who was based at Chelmsley Wood, received a three-month prison sentence after being found guilty of harassing Karen Noble who allegedly had an affair with the officer's boyfriend, Lee Begley.

Mrs Begley, from Coventry, who was sacked for criminal conduct at a disciplinary hearing, is claiming at an employment tribunal in Birmingham that she was both racially and sexually discriminated against by West Midlands Police and two officers, Detective Inspector Perry Hardy and Detective Chief Inspector Linda Boyle.

In 1999, a stipendiary magistrate in Coventry was told that the mother-of-one, aged 29 at the time, had used the police national computer to try and track down Miss Noble and had threatened to fabricate evidence against her.

It was also claimed Mrs Begley, who was convicted following a five-day trial, had twice assaulted her.

At her sentencing in November, 1999, the magistrate also imposed a restraining order on her instructing her not to contact Miss Noble for two years.

Lee Begley, who since the court case has married Mrs Begley, told the tribunal that when Det Insp Hardy interviewed him about his association with Miss Noble, he had told him he had not been in a relationship with her. …