Sergeant Rob Adams (pictured) is one of several offices accused of sexist behaviour at Hastings Police Station (Image: South Coast News)

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A police station has been dubbed the "most sexist cop shop in Britain" after a series of investigations have revealed male officers’ toxic behaviour.

The most recent scandal at Hastings Police Station involves an officer accused of voyeurism and sexual assault against female police officers.

Earlier scandals revealed officers had affairs with each other while on duty, looked at and shared pornographic pictures at work, solicited sex with prostitutes and sent pornographic selfies to members of the public.

But a crackdown on “lad culture” at the station is apparently underway after a wave of complains by female officers and members of the public.

WhatsApp and Facebook groups the officers used to share explicit images have been shut down and other bad behaviour has been banned.

Hastings Police Station has seen a wave of sexism scandals in recent years
(Image: Google)

Some of the offending police officers have been sacked while others have been handed final written warnings.

In the latest scandal, PC Steve Lodge, 39, was charged with two counts of sexual assault and one count of voyeurism against female police officers at Hastings.

He was alleged to have put his hand up one officer’s skirt, tried to kiss another, and lifted the skirt of a third on a series of drunken nights out with fellow officers.

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PC Lodge was cleared of the charges at Chichester Crown Court last week but now faces a disciplinary hearing which could lose him his job.

In his defence PC Lodge claims the station has a culture of drinking and sexual “banter”.

Detective Constable Damien Cotgreave (pictured) was recently sacked after sending hundreds of obscene text messages to the women while on duty
(Image: South Coast News)

He said: "I've never worked on a team where we went out so much in all my 16 years of service."

His case follows a string of scandals at Hastings Police Station. Detective Constable Damien Cotgreave was recently sacked after sending hundreds of obscene text messages to the women while on duty.

In December 2020 Sergeant Rob Adams was handed a final written warning after sharing a photo of a female officer’s head on a naked model’s body.

In the same month Detective Sergeant Paul Elrick received a final written warning for hitting a female colleague on the bottom with a ruler and sending her obscene messages.

In 2016 PC Daniel Moss was sacked moonlighting as a male escort on an adult website after reporting himself off sick with a stress-related illness. He was sacked for gross misconduct and later took his own life.

Detective Sergeant Paul Elrick (pictured) received a final written warning for hitting a female colleague on the bottom with a ruler and sending her obscene messages
(Image: South Coast News)

In 2015 Inspector Lee Lyons was sacked after he admitted soliciting sex with prostitutes.

Chief Superintendent Tanya Jones said work to end this kind of behaviour is being taken very seriously.

"When there are officers and staff who behave in a way the force deems to be inappropriate, rest assured that action is taken,” she said.

"Maintaining professional standards is non-negotiable and employees of Sussex Police are expected to act with integrity and ensure the appropriate standards and disciplines are always met.”

She added: “Where criminal activity is identified, this will always be escalated to a criminal investigation and charges brought where appropriate."