A police officer has been sacked after making inappropriate comments to female colleagues.

Former PC Lochlan Bashford made inappropriate sexualised comments to female colleagues while both in and out of work.

Bashford, 23, was sacked after a three-day disciplinary hearing.

Detective Superintendent Jon Robeson said: “We expect the highest personal and professional standards of our officers and staff and any allegations of behaviour that do not meet those standards are rigorously investigated in accordance with the relevant Police Conduct Regulations.

“All sexual-related complaints and misconduct are reviewed by our Professional Standards Department to ensure that they are investigated proportionately.

“We have invested in a comprehensive programme of cultural change towards challenging, reporting and tackling unethical or unprofessional behaviour and a culture where colleagues have the confidence to come forward and report such behaviour.

“Criminal behaviour, misconduct, and misogyny have no place in Sussex Police.

“The actions of this officer in this case fell far short of the standards we expect, which is reflected in the findings by the panel.”

Bashford was replaced on restrictive duties while investigations were carried out.

He was dismissed without notice and banned from policing after being placed on the College of Policing Barred List.