Met officer sacked after telling gay colleague ‘I’ll open you like a tin of beans’ with knife
A Metropolitan Police officer who taunted a gay colleague
by repeatedly opening a penknife and telling him “I’m
going to open you like a tin of beans” has been sacked.
PC Nicholas Vanner, who worked in the force’s
Parliamentary and Diplomatic Protection team, played
practical jokes on the civilian worker – known as Witness
A – over two years.
A disciplinary hearing was told Vanner smeared ink on his
gay colleague’s phone receiver and then rang it so he
would have black ink over his face for days.
He also pulled away his chair as he sat down and broke
his prized NYPD mug.
member of staff that Witness A’s “health issues was
God’s way of punishing him for being gay ” – was allowed
to keep his job after he argued he was only repeating a
remark made to him by Vanner.
Vanner, Butt and Witness A, who suffers an illness
requiring him to visit hospital regularly, all worked in the
Government Security Zone (GSZ) monitoring CCTV around
the capital between 2008 and 2011.
A Scotland Yard misconduct hearing dismissed Vanner
for gross misconduct for making inappropriate,
disrespectful, and offensive remarks and behaviour to
Witness A and then trying to scupper an investigation into
of staff complained about Butt’s comments to a sergeant,
who then called Butt and Witness A into his office.
Butt denied the allegation, telling the sergeant: “You know
I wouldn’t say that. That is what Nick Vanner would say.
Remember he used to bully you?”
Witness A told the hearing in west London: “I know
someone said it and what really gets to me is that
someone I worked with would make a comment like that.”
Senior officers then launched an investigation in July last
year but Vanner tried to stop it by pleading with Witness A
that he had only been mucking about, he was suicidal and
feared he would lose his job.