Milton Keynes police chief Gez Chiariello is SACKED

The top cop who was in charge of every police officer is Milton Keynes has been sacked for telling lies and behaving 'despicably.'

Thursday, 14th December 2017, 7:47 pm
Updated Thursday, 14th December 2017, 7:55 pm

Former MK police commander Gez Chiariello, was “unquestionably guilty of despicable, deplorable and shameful behaviour,” the Thames Valley Chief Constable has decided.

Mr Chiariello, who has been suspended for the past 10 months, will now lose his job and salary immediately.

Prosecutor Gerard Boyle QC told a special police misconduct hearing how the shamed superintendent waged a personal war against a former lover after they split up.

He described how Mr Chiariello got a close female friend to pretend to be a reporter from the Sun newspaper to spread malicious lies about his ex-girlfriend.

The “close female friend” is Milton Keynes Council taxi and regulatory licencing officer Liz Hodgkinson.

Both she and Mr Chiariello were interviewed by police in September over the incident and both received early warning notices for harassment. It is not yet known whether she will now face disciplinary action from MK Council bosses.

Ms Hodgkinson was referred to as Miss B throughout the hearing, during which Mr Boyle described Mr Chiariello as a liar, adding that when interviewed about his behaviour “he lied over and over again.”

It was revealed that he made numerous phone calls to “Miss B” persuading her to pretend to be from the Sun and call his ex-girlfriend’s new boss.

After making the calls, Miss B sent a message to the police chief saying: “”Got her! They are worried. Said all the things we talked about.”

He replied: “Can’t wait to get an update on that. Perfect timing with me being in with the legal team.”

Earlier Miss B had told Mr Chiariello in a phone message: “I can’t wait for her to experience even a tiny piece of what she done.” He then replied: “It starts with MK Act, next her job, then the press.”

Mr Boyle told the hearing: “The facts show that the officer (Supt. Chiariello) had an express determination to cause Miss A (his ex-lover) damage.”

He said Mr Chiariello even ordered his friend Miss B to monitor his ex-lover’s Facebook messages every 15 or 30 minutes, saying: “You have to realise how important it is .”

The hearing was delayed for more than an hour and the press ordered to leave the room while Mr Chiariello appealed for it to be held in private. His request was eventually refused.

Defending Chiariello, John Beggs QC told the hearing that the WhatsApp messages to had been “drivel.”

He said: “Miss A, the former lover of the superintendent, promised to promptly bring him down and ruin his career and it looks like she has set out to do just that and continue in that vein.”

In April this year Mr Chiariello was given a final written warning after three cases of misconduct were proven against him.

In one of them he called city taxi driver Jas Puni a “cocky t**t” during an off duty dispute.

In another incident he breached force protocol and made “inappropriate” comments to a colleague.