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After being pulled over and after it was discovered that he was driving a car without a valid MOT, special constable Raja Iqbal flashed his warrant card and said: “Come on mate, can’t we do anything?”

The special constable has now been sacked by West Midlands Police.

The 36 year old Shard End based officer admitted one breach of discreditable conduct but denied a breach of honesty and integrity, a recent misconduct hearing.

However, the panel decided that the special constable who had served for 8 years, was guilty of gross misconduct and was dismissed without notice.

The panel making up the misconduct hearing were told that Iqbal was followed by police after he had been seen fiddling with his seatbelt. The attending police officer convicted a Police National Computer (PNC) check and discovered that the Mercedes car in question did not have a valid MOT certificate.

Iqbal was pulled over and it was when he was asked to get into the police car that he produced his warrant card.

Despite asking if anything could be done he also said that his: “gaffer would not be very pleased with him.”

When asked about the MOT, which had run out 4 months earlier, Iqbal said: “I’ll get it booked today, you know I work the beat yeah.”

Iqbal was officially cautioned in the back of the police car over the MOT and that he was to be fined £100 over the matter when he said: “Come on mate, can’t we do anything?”

The panel also heard that Iqbal never reported the caution to his superiors.

Iqbal was interviewed by the force’s Professional Standards Department and in relation to his “Come on mate…” comment he stated that he did not intend it to influence the attending police officer.

The panel were also told that Iqbal had not completed a shift for the force since 2014 and had handed in his resignation, citing personal circumstances, before the incident took place.

In mitigation for Iqbal, who did not attend the hearing, Police Federation representative John Tooms said: “He admits a breach in relation to discreditable conduct, but denies a breach of honesty and integrity.

“He maintains that his actions amount to misconduct but does not accept they amount to gross misconduct.

“He accepts that he placed the officer in a difficult position, but it was not his intention to do so.

“The vehicle was taken to a car garage on the same day that he was stopped, an MOT was obtained and the fine was paid in full.”

Chair of the panel, Collin Phillips, said the officer would be dismissed without notice and added the public expected police officers and staff to act with integrity and honesty whilst on and off duty.

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