A POLICE officer is facing the sack after he was accused of sending inappropriate messages to a 'vulnerable' woman.

Cumbria Police's PC Christopher Foster is due to face a misconduct hearing after a series of allegations were levelled against him.

As well as the messages, the officer is accused of recording police data on his personal phone and failing to reveal information to the Crown Prosecution Service.

According to a misconduct notice, it is alleged that in April and May last year the officer sent the woman a series of messages via social media that were 'inappropriate, flirtatious, and sexualised'.

It is said that at the time he sent the messages, he knew or reasonably she was vulnerable, or had the potential to be.

It is also alleged that on various occasions while on duty in 2021 the PC recorded personal data and data relating to operational policing matters on his personal mobile phone.

Following that he 'retained the personal and police data on his personal mobile phone'.

A third allegation says: "It is alleged that in February and March 2022, whilst an officer in charge of police investigation, a case involving the supply of controlled drugs, PC 2402 Foster failed to reveal to the Crown Prosecution Service the existence of electronic notes that he had previously recorded on his mobile phone, and he subsequently made written notes about the same case.

"PC 2402 Foster’s failure to reveal this information to the Crown Prosecution Service was in contravention of his duty to reveal all material that may be relevant to the prosecutor in accordance with The Criminal Procedure & Investigations Act 1996 section 23 para 6.2."

It is alleged that the officer's behaviour amounts to gross misconduct and would justify him being sacked or barred.

The hearing is due to be held at Cumbria Police's Penrith headquarters on November 21 and 22.

In September another officer was barred from serving in the police after he was caught running a social media account selling explicit photos.