Asian constable who sent flirty texts to a mentally ill woman is sacked for gross misconduct 

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Amarjit Singh, 57, met the woman through work with mental health charity

A married special constable has been sacked after he is reported to have sent flirtatious text messages to a vulnerable woman he had met through a mental health charity. Father-of-six Amarjit Singh, 57, allegedly told the woman he wanted to kiss her and broke police regulations by going to her home twice, while acting as her care support worker.

When the woman complained, Singh, who hails from Bristol, is said to have claimed that he had been attempting to build up the woman’s self-esteem. But a police disciplinary panel said he had abused his position of power by trying to groom the woman for an intimate relationship while she relied on him for support.

The panel found him guilty of breaching police professional standards by pursuing an improper sexual or emotional relationship with the woman. The panel was quoted as saying that his behaviour was likely to bring discredit on the police and undermine public confidence in it, and ordered his immediate dismissal.

The panel heard how the woman was a client of mental health charity Rethink, where Singh had a role as a care support worker alongside his part-time job with Avon and Somerset Police.

Mr Singh seemed to have worked with the police since August 2013, and described the force as his ‘ultimate dream’ and an ‘escape’ from life with his wife of 37 years, who is also reported to be mentally-ill.

The panel heard how Singh texted the woman last June from his personal mobile. The panel also heard that Singh went to her home twice, which was also against charity procedure, before the middle-aged woman reported him to her counsellor.

Mr Singh was also said to have given the woman his personal email address and phone number and contacted her out of permissible hours.