Ex-West Yorkshire murder squad detective sacked after pub attack

The Fylingdales Inn, where Det Sgt Paul Whiteley carried out his attack
The Fylingdales Inn, where Det Sgt Paul Whiteley carried out his attack
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A West Yorkshire murder squad detective has been sacked after being convicted of a drunken and unprovoked attack on a holidaymaker in a pub.

Det Sgt Paul Whiteley – who worked on the homicide and major enquiry team – had been suspended from his job since being charged with assault over an incident in Fylingthorpe, near Whitby, in May.

The 51-year-old, of Grange Moor, Wakefield, was fined £550 and ordered to pay £850 in costs after being convicted following a trial in July and subsequently lost an appeal.

Now West Yorkshire Police has confirmed his position has been terminated.

Det Chief Supt Clive Wain, of the force’s professional standards department, said: “Following a recent conviction for assault, an officer was dismissed on Tuesday, December 2, without notice, for gross misconduct.

“West Yorkshire Police expects the highest standards of professionalism from all officers and staff and will take appropriate disciplinary action against anyone who fails to meet those standards.”

It is understood the force wanted to deny Whiteley the opportunity to resign following a number of cases in which disgraced officers have left voluntarily and then found jobs with other forces.

Whiteley was charged with assault following an incident at the Fylingdales Inn in May.

Magistrates heard he attacked holidaymaker Carl Sarsfield, 41, after he challenged the detective because he thought he was going to drink and drive.

Whiteley tore off his shirt and assaulted Mr Sarsfield, shouting: “I’m a copper. I will do what I like.”

When he appealed the guilty verdict in October he was given a suspended jail sentence for what a York Crown Court judge called the disgraced officer’s “aggressive and bullying behaviour”.