A man who sent several abusive emails to Bedfordshire Police officers has been sent to prison.
Naveen Sanotra sent a dozen emails to one officer as well as harassing another one on social media.
The events began when Sanotra was stopped twice in his vehicle in Bedford in November 2017.
He then made a formal complaint to Bedfordshire Police.
Shortly after this, Sanotra 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 thoroughly investigated, and officers were found to have acted lawfully concerning 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 a similar 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, 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.”
Detective Superintendent Amanda Bell, head of the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire professional standards department, said:
“This case represented really effective joint working between Bedfordshire Police and professional standards in gathering and presenting evidence.
“We take all public complaints seriously and thoroughly investigate all the genuine public complaints made, but will not tolerate the abuse of our staff.”
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