Sacked PC Colin Noble had complaints six years earlier

Married PC, 50, who was sacked for ‘trying it on’ with four domestic abuse victims was subject of similar complaint by another woman SIX YEARS earlier

  • Father-of-two PC Colin Noble was sacked after being found guilty of misconduct 
  • The married West Midlands Poice officer had served in the force for 20 years
  • Tribunal heard he told one victim she was ‘fit’ and inquired if she ‘had any nudes’
  • West Midlands Police confirmed Noble had previously faced similar claims  

A police constable sacked for ‘trying it on’ with four domestic abuse victims was subject of a similar complaint six years ago by another woman – but the case was ‘not proven’.

Married father-of-two Colin Noble was sacked for gross misconduct in April by West Midlands Police after a 20 year career with the force.

A disciplinary hearing was told he targeted four woman and suggested to one that she ‘unbutton’ her shirt and asked if she ‘had any nudes’.

PC Colin Noble (pictured), a married father of two who had been a serving officer with West Midlands Police for 20 years, was found guilty of misconduct and sacked. It has now emerged that Noble was subject to similar complaints six years ago

Now we can reveal the ‘predatory cop’ was subject of a first complaint from a female in 2015, which the force had looked into.

A spokeswoman for West Midlands Police said: ‘We received a complaint against Colin Noble in 2015 of a similar nature to those for which he was dismissed, however, following investigation, the complaint was not proven.’

The April tribunal heard testimony from the four women about Noble, who had served within the Public Protection Unit based at Stechford.

He was said to have used his position to visit a victim of domestic abuse in her home several times from June 2017.

The hearing was told she became uneasy with his behaviour and secretly recorded their conversations, which contained ‘wholly inappropriate sexualised comments and advances’.

The officer also continued to visit and phone the woman even when he had no policing reason to do so, it was claimed.

The woman complained to the Independent Office for Police Conduct watchdog in August 2017, which resulted in Noble being charged with misconduct in a public office.

He appeared at Birmingham Crown Court in June 2018 – but a jury found him not guilty following a seven-day trial.

The tribunal heard Noble (pictured) ‘tried it on’ with four domestic abuse victims, asked them ‘for nudes’ and told one she was ‘too pretty’ for her boyfriend

Nick Hawkins, the legally qualified chairman giving the tribunal’s findings said it found ‘significant evidence of PC Noble using sexualised talk and making inappropriate suggestions’ to Miss X

However, publicity around the case prompted two more women to come forward who, in similar circumstances, had allegedly experienced the same advances.

Noble, 50, denied all the claims at the disciplinary hearing and said he only called one woman ‘fit’ to ‘boost her confidence’.

Graham Henson, his barrister, had also told the panel his client had a ‘long, unblemished record.’

But the tribunal decided the constable’s breaches of professional standards were so serious he should be dismissed without notice.

Miss A, Miss B and Miss C all came forward to report Noble (pictured) following publicity surrounding his criminal trial at Birmingham Crown Court in 2019

Speaking after the case, Deputy Chief Constable Vanessa Jardine said: ‘PC Noble is not representative of our organisation.

‘The behaviour he carried out will never be acceptable or tolerated in this organisation whose core value is to prevent crime, protect the public and help those in need. We will be relentless in routing out individuals who behave in this way.

‘I am pleased that PC Noble has now been dismissed from the force but remain saddened by his actions.’

Regional Director Derrick Campbell, for the IOPC, said: ‘We are very grateful to all the women who came forward and helped expose PC Noble’s predatory behaviour.

‘He was all too aware that they were vulnerable victims of crime and had come to the police for help, not to be taken advantage of.

‘Cases where officers abuse their position for sexual purposes are among the most serious examples of corruption that we investigate and it is thanks to those brave women – and the hard work of our investigators – that this man has now been barred from serving as a police officer.

‘The public has a right to expect police officers to uphold the highest standards of integrity and professionalism – and that those who fail to do this will be investigated and dealt with robustly.’ 

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