A policeman has been forced to resign after wearing a British National Party badge at an England football match.
Stuart Janaway, 36, wore the badge while off duty at a game against Hungary at Old Trafford two years ago. He had also worn it at a charity England versus `the rest of the world' celebrity match held a few days earlier at the same ground.
An investigation began after Greater Manchester Police received information that Mr Janaway had items relating to the extreme right-wing party at his home. Badges were recovered after a search of his house and photographs showed him wearing them at the matches. A misconduct hearing into claims that Mr Janaway was wearing an `inappropriate' badge while off duty was held last week. Following the hearing he was asked to resign and did so.
Mr Janaway, of Rixtonleys Drive, Irlam, had served in GMP for 14 years and worked as a Pc based at Longsight. He joined the police after first training to be a priest. A police spokesman said there was no evidence that he was a member of the BNP.
Acting Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney, head of the Professional Standards Branch, said: "The Chief Constable's Order of 2004 makes it clear officers are banned from being members of the BNP. This requirement extends into the private lives of officers.
"All officers and staff are aware that non-compliance will likely result in dismissal. The officer failed to live up to the high standards we demand."
One source said: "The swiftness with which this matter was dealt with indicates that GMP will not tolerate such breach of police regulations."
In 1998 Mr Janaway hit the headlines when he helped treat a shooting victim. He also saved a number people intent on committing suicide.
Manchester Evening News