A former police worker, who was fired for gross misconduct over allegations she stole fireworks from the station, has gone to an Employment Tribunal.
Beverley Sutton – who had previously received a commendation for helping an elderly member of the public – has claimed that she was unfairly dismissed by Derbyshire Police following an internal misconduct hearing in October 2014.
She argues that the evidence which was put to the panel at the time was “misleading” and resulted in her losing her job.
Mrs Sutton, her husband Ian, a serving police officer, and a third member of staff had originally been arrested in late 2013 following accusations that fireworks had been stolen from the storeroom at the force’s St Mary’s Wharf Police Station.
While criminal proceedings were ultimately dropped, the Suttons faced an internal inquiry.
While no evidence of misconduct was found in Mr Sutton’s case and he was allowed to continue in his job, his wife was dismissed.
Proceedings started this week at Nottingham Tribunal Court, with evidence heard from Supt Rachel Walker, who led the initial investigation.
The case is expected to be adjourned to resume later in the year.