Bromham man jailed for abusive emails to police officer

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Luton Crown Court
Luton Crown Court

A man who sent a number of abusive emails to a Bedfordshire Police officer has been jailed and ordered to pay compensation to his victim.

Naveen Sanotra, 34, of Princes Road, Bromham, sent a dozen emails to one officer and harassed another on social media.

The events began when Sanotra complained about being stopped twice in his vehicle in Bedford back in November 2017.

Following a complaint to Bedfordshire Police, he posted on Instagram about the incident and tagged one of the officers involved.

When they blocked his account, Sanotra tagged in the officer’s wife.

His complaint was fully investigated and officers were found to have acted lawfully in relation to the vehicle stops.

The officer who led the internal investigation and informed Sanotra of the decision was then subject to multiple emails by Sanotra of an abusive nature.

He was arrested and subsequently charged with sending malicious communications and harassment. He pleaded guilty to both offences.

At Luton Magistrates’ Court on Monday 10 June, Sanotra was sentenced to 10 weeks in prison and ordered to pay £500 compensation to the victim.

PC Charlotte Norris, who led the investigation, said: “Some of the abuse that Sanotra sent to the victim was absolutely vile.

“This incident has had a profound impact on their life and I am glad that Sanotra has been jailed.”

Superintendent Nick Lyall added: “The officers who originally stopped Sanotra were carrying out lawful duties to keep the public safe.

“No officer should be subject to this sort of abhorrent and sickening abuse as a result of carrying out their job.

“This case shows that this sort of behaviour is unacceptable. No matter who the victim is, we will always thoroughly investigate such incidents and those responsible can face prison, as this incident proves.”

 

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