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POLICEMAN SUES FORCE OVER EARRING BAN

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A police constable is taking Merseyside Police to an employment tribunal for refusing to let him wear a stud earrin...
A police constable is taking Merseyside Police to an employment tribunal for refusing to let him wear a stud earring while on duty, reported The Sunday Times (p11).

Traffic officer Andy Holden is claiming sex discrimination because female officers are allowed to wear jewellery.

The 40-year-old police motorcyclist says both formal and informal requests to wear the stud have been refused. The officer, who has been commended for bravery, was first ordered to remove his stud seven years ago but began a grievance procedure.

PC Holden, who is married to another police officer, has 15 years' service. He said most colleagues supported his cause, although some questioned his sexuality when they saw the earring. His case, which will be heard in February, is being backed by the Police Federation.

A spokesman for Merseyside police said: 'It would be inappropriate for us to comment on a case where an employment tribunal against the force is pending'.
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