A police officer who was caught playing football 19 times despite being signed off sick from work with gout said he was "trying to get his own back” against the force.

PC Jay Gorania was working as a Neighbourhood Police Officer with Leicestershire Police but thought he had been purposely held back in his career because of his race.

But a misconduct panel has found that the officer committed an “extreme deception” by taking to the field with a football team, Leicestershire Live reported.

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He first signed off sick with gout on Tuesday, October 12, 2021, even faking GP letters to ensure he stayed off from work on full pay for three months.

The hearing, which was held in his absence at force headquarters in Enderby, heard how Gorania claimed the gout was so severe he couldn't even work from home.

He even limped to his front door to prove his limitations to his line manager on one occasion, but this was all an act as he was found to be working a side job and keeping active, with footage proving he was a competitive five-a-side footballer during his alleged sickness.

Gorania worked for his already known side job as the manager of a portfolio of leasing and lettings properties, despite repeated claims he could not work lighter duties from home for Leicestershire Police.

On 19 separate occasions during his supposed case of gout he was seen playing – something Dave Ring, from the police’s legal services team, said was “blatantly dishonest”.

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He said: “This is an extreme deception. It required planning and forethought. This behaviour was cynical and dishonest.

"It is blatantly dishonest behaviour. He has shown no remorse for his actions.”

When questioned about his deception, Gorania did not dispute what he had done, accepting he had lied to his line manager and that he could have worked. However, he denied his actions were misconduct.

“He wanted to get his own back on the organisation. He said ‘if they do not care about me, why should I care about them?’,” said Mr Ring.

The former officer was charged with breaching the standards of professional behaviour for officers, with the breaches questioning his honesty and integrity.

Had he not already resigned, he would have been fired, the hearing was told.

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