Police officer, 22, who racially abused staff in an Indian takeaway with vile slurs during Christmas night out is sacked

  • PC Katie Barratt admitted using term ‘p***’ at a takeaway in Newcastle last year
  • The Northumbria officer also alleged to have said ‘f****** n*****’ at the takeaway
  • Staff and customers at the takeaway are said to have not heard the remarks 
  • Barratt was dismissed from her ‘dream job’ without notice for the racist slurs 

Katie Barratt was dismissed from her ‘dream job’ for using the racial slur at the takeaway last year

A police officer has been fired for using racist slurs at a takeaway following a Christmas night out.

PC Katie Barratt admitted using the term ‘p***’ at the Spice of Punjab takeaway in Newcastle on December 14 last year.

Northumbria officer Barratt, 22, who said she wanted to be a police officer since she was a child, denied accusations made by two other officers testifying against her that she used other vile racist terms during her tirade.

PC Corey Bradley and PC Alex Downs, who were with her on the night, told the hearing she was intoxicated, unable to walk properly and slurring her words. 

Barratt admitted she was drunk but disputes the claims she was ‘out of control’.

One of the allegations leveled against her was that she made racially offensive remarks to the takeaway staff, shouting ‘f****** n*****’ and ‘f****** p****’. Barratt denied the accusations.

It was also claimed she repeated the word ‘p***’ up to six times, although Barratt said she only used the word twice.

At the hearing, she said she was not a racist person and had no reasoning behind her insensitive words that night.

Neither the takeaway staff or other customers in the shop heard her appalling comments, the hearing heard. 

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The panel, led by Rachel Mangenie, found both allegations proved on Wednesday.

Ms Mangenie said: ‘We have concluded that on the balance of probability your conduct amounts to gross misconduct as your behaviour on December 14, 2017, fell far below the standard of professional behaviour and is so serious that dismissal without notice would be justified.’ 

Defending Barratt, Guy Ladenburg said she accepted her behaviour had brought the force into disrepute but insisted her actions were not enough to warrant dismissal.

He said it was an ‘isolated event, quite out of character’ and that Barratt was of ‘exemplary character’.

He added: ‘Her remorse has been heartfelt, sincere and profound.’ 

PC Katie Barratt admitted she used the term ‘p***’ at the Spice of Punjab takeaway in Newcastle on December 14 last year

Barratt joined the force as a student constable in 2016 and had previously volunteered as a special constable. She apologised for her actions and pleaded with the panel not to dismiss her from her ‘dream job’. 

She said: ‘I’m really sorry for what I’ve done. I can’t emphasise how sorry I am. It’s my dream job. It’s all I wanted to do since I was little.

‘I know the effects racial abuse have on the community. I’m absolutely devastated that I have had that effect on the community.

‘In the last six months I have had time to reflect on my actions and I will never ever repeat again what happened that night.’

She continued: ‘I have matured a lot. I don’t go out anymore, I don’t drink. I’m pleading with you to please give me another chance.’ 

The panel was provided with 21 character references on behalf of Barratt before reaching their conclusion.

Reading out the verdict, Ms Mangenie said: ‘The panel concluded the appropriate sanction is dismissal without notice.

‘This has not been a unanimous decision, we have sympathy for PC Barratt and the situation she finds herself in.

‘We don’t believe she is inherently racist and this was an out of character incident.

‘The serious nature of the incident and the public perception can not be underestimated. This issue is highly sensitive and the words used can cause great offence.

‘Any member of the public hearing such words from a serving police officer would have their confidence in the officer and service diminished.’ 

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