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Lee Garrett & Martin Fricker

'Off sick' police officer had secret job and played footie while claiming severe gout

A skiving policeman was caught playing football while off work after claiming he was suffering with gout.

Jay Gorania said his affliction was so severe he couldn’t work.

He limped to his front door in a brazen attempt to trick his bosses into believing the ruse.

The constable even faked GP letters to ensure he stayed off work on full pay for three months.

But he had a secret second job as a leasing manager and enjoyed five-a-side in his spare time.

He was seen playing 19 times during his alleged sickness between October and December last year.

A misconduct panel found the Leicestershire officer, who has since quit the police, guilty of “extreme deception”.

Lincolnshire police Chief Constable Chris Haward, pictured, said Gorania would have been dismissed if he hadn't quit (Lincolnshire Echo/James Turner)

The hearing was told he was “trying to get his own back” against the force after claiming to have been held back in his career due to his race.

Gorania was charged with breaching the standards of professional behaviour for police officers. Panel chairman Chris Haward, head of Lincolnshire Police, said that if Gorania had not resigned he would have been dismissed.

Dave Ring, from the Leicestershire force’s legal services team, said it was “blatantly dishonest” of Gorania to play football.

He told the hearing in Enderby, near Leicester: “This is an extreme deception. It required planning and forethought. It was cynical and dishonest. He has shown no remorse.

“He wanted his own back, saying ‘if they don’t care about me, why should I care for them?’”

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