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‘Predatory’ cop who bombarded women with flirty texts is jailed

A POLICE officer who sent a string of flirty text messages to women calling himself ‘Lord’ has been jailed for 32 months.

PC Jason Farquhar (pictured), 44, pleaded guilty to six counts of misconduct in a public office and misusing force systems.

A court heard how one woman was targeted after she rang police in February 2015 to report her husband, who had been shouting and smashing things.

The man had left by the time police arrived, but after the woman gave her number to Farquhar, who was formerly a member of the Cross Border Police team, he texted her that evening.

The text read: ‘It’s PC Jase Farquhar…yes I know you are looking at my surname and thinking Shrek [the evil character in the kids’ movie].

‘I am an understanding type of guy…explains why I am called Lord at work.’

He continued to contact her and told her he ‘admired a woman with ambition’ and desire and that she kept herself in shape.

In total she received 12 texts in the space of eight days, some of which were sent while he was on duty.

At the same time he was texting another woman who rang police to report an abusive partner.

Farquhar was one of the first officers to attend her home and he took her contact details.

Prosecutor Grace Hale said: ‘He began contacting her with the purpose of establishing an improper relationship.

‘He sent her messages a few days later asking her how she was and the woman opened up about her abusive partner to him, saying she was lonely and frightened.

‘Things changed when the defendant overstepped the mark by complimenting her on her figure and wondering how anyone could ill-treat someone as beautiful as her.

‘He began calling her gorgeous and putting kisses on his messages to her.’

She ignored the flirtatious texts but he sent her messages on WhatsApp complimenting her on her new profile picture if she changed it.

She told him to stop making the comments as he was a married man.

Two messages from Farquhar, who joined Northamptonshire Police in 2005, were saved on her phone.

One read: ‘Hey gorgeous xx’ and another one said: ‘That is one helleva [sic] gorgeous profile pic xx’.

Miss Hale said: ‘She was left wondering what his intentions towards her were.

‘She trusted and confided in the defendant because he was a police officer.

‘She now feels sick as she realised that he had only pretended to be her friend for an ulterior motive.

‘He was, in fact, predatory towards her.’

Another young woman, in her 20s, rang the police to report veiled threats sent to her by her partner on Facebook.

Farquhar, a former soldier, attended her home and took her details but within days began bombarding her with texts.

Miss Hale added: ‘It was more akin to someone that she had just met in a bar on a night out.

‘She thought this ultimate intention towards her was a sexual one.’

Farquhar, who was sacked from the force last year, sent messages to another woman telling her she had ‘great’ breasts and buttocks.

The court also heard that Farquhar lied to colleagues, telling them he had to go to investigate a crime when he actually left to meet a woman.

Eight further charges were ordered to lie on file with one count of perverting the course of justice.

Dep Ch Con Rachel Swann, of Northamptonshire Police, said: ‘Farquhar deliberately and consciously crossed the boundary between his role as a police officer and his personal life, repeatedly breaching the standards of professional behaviour by failing to act with self-control and pursuing improper personal relationships.

‘They needed the professionalism expected of a police officer not the selfish advances of a sexual predator.

‘This, the worst-ever such case uncovered within this force, was an absolute abuse of his position and we hope this conviction and his dismissal from the police service goes some way to reassure the public of our determination to identify and deal with unprofessional conduct and, where necessary, pursue the case through the criminal justice system.’