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Former Northumbria Police employee ordered to pay the force

Northumbria Police

3:05pm 15th January 2018

The former head of legal services for Northumbria Police has been ordered to pay the Force £15,000 – which will now be spent on policing.

The decision against Denise Aubrey comes after the Force made a costs-application order to recoup some of the money spent on the successful defence of an employment tribunal and a subsequent appeal.

Ms Aubrey was dismissed in 2014 for gross misconduct after a hearing found she had disclosed confidential information. She disputed the result of the hearing and took Northumbria Police to an employment tribunal on the grounds of unfair dismissal, disability discrimination, sexual discrimination, sexual harassment and victimisation.

However, in August 2016, the tribunal found the Force had not treated her unfairly and dismissed Ms Aubrey's claims in their entirety. She also lost a subsequent appeal against the Tribunal decision.

Following the appeal, Northumbria Police made a costs-application to try to re-coup some of the money spent through the tribunal process and now a judge has ordered Ms Aubrey to pay £15,000 to the Force.

A Force spokesperson said:

"We welcome the ruling of the judge and are glad that some of the money spent on defending the Force against these allegations will be returned.

"The decision by the tribunal panel to dismiss the case should go a long way to maintaining public-confidence in the way Northumbria Police goes about delivering its public service.  

"It would have been unconscionable for us not to seek reimbursement on behalf of our local communities and this much-needed money will now be reinvested back into policing.

"The decision by the judge allows us to move on and do what we do best- to protect the people of Northumbria and serve our local communities with pride."

The costs application was made before the tribunal panel during a hearing in Leeds on December 18 and 19.

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