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New Forest officer who harassed married woman and pretended to have cancer is barred from police

Olivia Lucas resigned from Hampshire Constabulary on Sunday
Olivia Lucas resigned from Hampshire Constabulary on Sunday

A FORMER police officer who pretended to have cancer to get out of work and launched a smear campaign against the partner of a woman with whom she was pursuing a relationship in an attempt to “drive a wedge” between the two has been barred from the profession.

Olivia Lucas, a New Forest PC, resigned from Hampshire Constabulary on Sunday – the day before she faced a long list of allegations at a virtual gross-misconduct hearing, which she did not attend.

The panel has today (Tuesday) found those allegations to be proven and her name will be added to the national barred list.

Barney Branston QC, representing the force, said Lucas, who joined the force in 2004, went to “extraordinary lengths to deceive” while pursuing a relationship with a married woman – referred to as Miss A.

Lucas concocted a campaign of harassment and violence against her by Miss A’s wife and her friend – referred to as Miss B and C respectively.

In an attempt to “besmirch the character” of Miss B and cause a rift in her relationship with Miss A, Lucas fabricated police investigations, forged court documents and invented a “surveillance log” in a malicious attempt to implicate her in criminal activity.

Chair of the panel, Jane Jones, told the hearing there was a “meanness and malice” to Lucas’s deceit that was “disturbing”.

“She had no regard for those drawn into her web of lies,” she said. “Miss B and Miss C were completely innocent of any hostile acts.

“Lucas has meddled and toyed with the personal relationships of others in a way which demonstrates a total lack of empathy and reflects a lack of moral compass.

“The psychological harm to those affected by this is serious, in particular any meaningful relationship Miss A and Miss B had has broken down.”

The panel was also told Lucas had lied to her supervisors about having leukaemia, and was given leave to attend appointments she never had at specialist cancer treatment hospital the Royal Marsden.

Five letters with fake letterheads were found in Lucas’s bedroom purporting to be from a practising doctor at the hospital, written to “engage the sympathy” of Miss A.

“There was a huge level of investment into this fantasy,” continued Ms Jones. “This was part of a wider picture of untruths, but the disturbing feature of this particular allegation must be the total lack of respect to the subject matter; to the real lived experiences of others who have suffered from cancer.”

The hearing was told Lucas had failed to engage in “any meaningful” way throughout the investigation, and while she said she regretted her “part in the allegations” she did not “accept full blame”.

Ms Jones concluded: “She shows an ongoing lack of insight and has a tendency to view herself as a victim.”

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