Senior police officer from Hartlepool sacked after ‘love rival’ attack

Inspector Lee Rukin.

Inspector Lee Rukin.

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A senior police officer from Hartlepool has been sacked after he lied to colleagues about how he sustained serious facial injuries after he was beaten up.

Temporary Chief Inspector Lee Rukin, who lives on Bishop Cuthbert Estate, appeared before a Cleveland Police misconduct hearing yesterday, and was dismissed without notice.

Cleveland Police expects all officers to uphold the Force values on honesty and integrity and it demands exemplary standards of behaviour from everyone who works in policing

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless

He had told several senior colleagues how he sustained serious facial injuries – including a fractured eye socket and cheekbones as well as several damaged teeth – during a cycling accident.

In fact, the firearms officer had been attacked by a love rival, who knocked him unconscious and left him lying in the street.

When the real story came to light Rukin was hauled before a panel accused of breaching Cleveland Police’s guidelines of honesty and integrity, and discreditable conduct. He did not contest the hearing and was dismissed with immediate effect. He told the panel he had only lied to protect his privacy and that of others.

Assistant Chief Constable Simon Nickless said: “Temporary Chief Inspector Lee Rukin appeared before a misconduct hearing at police headquarters today in relation to a breach of the Standards of Professional Behaviour for Honesty and Integrity and Discreditable Conduct.

“The hearing was overseen by an independent chair, and the officer did not contest the allegations put to him.

“The hearing resulted in the officer being dismissed without notice.

“Cleveland Police expects all officers to uphold the Force values on honesty and integrity and it demands exemplary standards of behaviour from everyone who works in policing.”