PC Mark Coteman (pictured) was fired from the force after being found guilty of gross misconduct

A ‘hero’ police officer has been sacked and a second given a final warning over vile racist and misogynistic texts which included references to Jimmy Savile and Katie Price’s disabled son Harvey. 

PC Mark Coteman and PC Oliver Austin, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, were found guilty of gross misconduct during a hearing this week.

It heard that Coteman, who was previously awarded for bravery after he and colleagues saved the live of a man threatening to jump from a hospital car park, sent messages including a photo of Jimmy Saville with the caption ‘Hello Childline, do you deliver?’

The pair exchanged messages, sent between July and December 2022, which made fun of people with disabilities, as well as others that were racist and misogynistic.

Coteman and PC Austin were found to have breached policing’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Equality and Diversity, Discreditable Conduct, Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct, Integrity and Authority, Respect and Courtesy.

PC Mark Coteman (pictured) was fired from the force after being found guilty of gross misconduct

PC Mark Coteman (pictured) was fired from the force after being found guilty of gross misconduct

PC Mark Coteman and PC Oliver Austin, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, were found guilty of gross misconduct during a hearing this week

PC Mark Coteman and PC Oliver Austin, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, were found guilty of gross misconduct during a hearing this week

In a separate hearing, PC Coteman was also found to have breached standards by offering to supply class C drugs, fraud by false representation and causing a computer to secure or enable unauthorised access to information.

Coteman pleaded guilty to all three charges on 16 April and is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday for sentencing.

MailOnline can now reveal the contents of the vile messages sent by the two officers at the heart of the probe.

On July 31, 2022, Coteman sent PC Austin a photograph of paedophile Jimmy Savile containing the text ‘Hello, Childline, do you deliver?’, messages show.

Then on September 3, he sent his colleague a video which showed a man with severe disabilities working out. During the exercise, a resistance band snaps and hits the man in the face.

Message records show PC Austin replied ‘F***’ and sent three laughing emojis.

Just over two weeks later on September 19, the hearing heard Coteman sent another video that had been recorded in a police station and showed an officer working. A voiceover during the clip said: ‘Never thought I would enjoy working with a mentally handicapped co-worker until I met you.’

The hearing was told that no sensitive information was visible in the video. PC Austin replied ‘Omfg’ and sent seven laughing emojis.

Coteman then sent a follow-up message that said: ‘Haha. Yeah he messaged me all upset.’

PC Austin replied: ‘Haha our very own white Harvey Price’.

Coteman shared a photograph of paedophile Jimmy Savile with the caption: 'Hello, Childline, do you deliver?'

Coteman shared a photograph of paedophile Jimmy Savile with the caption: ‘Hello, Childline, do you deliver?’

PC Austin sent a video of Katie Price's son Harvey (both pictured) who is disabled and partially sighted

PC Austin sent a video of Katie Price’s son Harvey (both pictured) who is disabled and partially sighted

He then sent a video of Mr Price, who is the son of Katie Price, and who has various disabilities including autism, septo-optic dysplasia and a learning disability. He is also partially sighted.

On Christmas Eve of the same year, PC Austin sent an image of an Asian child crying and added: ‘Chinese kid on Christmas, getting the same toy he made 5 hours ago.’

Coteman sent back three laughing emojis. 

The special case hearing, held on Tuesday, at Lysander House in Station Road, Tempsford, concluded that PC Coteman be dismissed without notice while PC Austin was given a final written warning that will stand on his record for four years. 

It is not the first time that Harvey Price has been targeted by police officers: last year two serving Met Police officers were sacked over WhatsApp messages which included derogatory comments about the 21 year old.

PC Glynn Rees and PC Dave Selway were fired while six other officers had already resigned.

The pair and former Sgt Luke Thomas, former acting Sgt Luke Allen and former PCs Kelsey Buchan, Lee South, Darren Jenner and Carlo Francisco were all barred from the police service. 

Chief Constable Nick Dean, who chaired the accelerated misconduct hearings into the two Cambridgeshire officers, said: ‘The public would expect that officers act with the utmost professionalism. We operate in an environment where the scrutiny of what we do, both on and off duty is constantly under question and rightly so. 

‘In this case harm has been caused to the reputation of the Constabulary, the police service and importantly it has dented the trust and confidence that the public have in police.

‘The messages were offensive, inappropriate and contained content that was racist, misogynistic and offensive. Their actions were against the professional code of conduct that we expect officers to adhere to.’

Referring to PC Coteman’s second hearing, CC Dean added: ‘Any officer committing a criminal offence causes harm and in this case it is beyond question that such harm has been caused. His actions were deliberate, pre-meditated and planned. 

‘My determination is that the least severe outcome that deals adequately with the issues whilst maintaining public confidence is dismissal without notice.’

Coteman had previously been commended after he helped prevent a man from killing himself at Addenbrooke’s Hospital car park in Cambridge. 

He and another colleague were able to restrain the man and pull him back to safety. 

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