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Officer ‘taped in secret by victim he was grooming’

A POLICE officer set out to ‘sexually groom’ a victim of domestic violence, a court has heard.

PC Colin Noble (pictured) urged the 30-year-old woman to look him in the eyes while describing revenge porn images of herself and left her feeling ‘horrible and initimidated’, jurors were told.

The woman told how she secretly taped the West Midlands Police officer because ‘he started asking me uncomfortable questions’. She added: ‘He wanted to see what was under my dressing gown. He said, “Let me see what you’re working with”.’

The jury was told Noble, 47, who was with the force’s public protection unit, was assigned in 2017 to investigate a complaint that the woman’s abusive ex-partner had breached a restraining order by sending revenge porn to her friend. ‘I was at one of the lowest points in my life. I was a shell of a person,’ she said.

Jurors heard PC Noble visited her home and, after allegedly walking into her bedroom uninvited, said: ‘You’re fit, I hope you don’t see me intruding.’

He is also alleged to have said: ‘If you don’t have sex with me, that means you’re f****** someone else’ and told her the conversation was ‘between you and me, and nobody else’.

Prosecutor Robert Price told the jury at Birmingham crown court this was ‘the clearest possible indication Mr Noble knew he was behaving in an inappropriate manner’. Noble, based at Stechford police station, denies misconduct in a public office.

The trial continues.