Revealed: Hero police officer sacked for sending vile texts about Harvey Price and Jimmy


Police bosses failed to find a public Twitter account belonging to disgraced Cambridgeshire policeman Mark Coteman in which he mocked Muslim women and gay people years before he was hired, MailOnline can exclusively reveal.

Mark Coteman was this week found guilty of gross misconduct after he sent disgusting messages about Jimmy Savile and Harvey, the 21-year-old son of Katie Price, with colleague PC Oliver Austin – who was handed a final written warning. 

The account, which is in Coteman’s name and features photographs of him and his family, was active from 2012 until 2016 and features dozens of sexually explicit, as well as racist, sexist, homophobic and ableist posts which are still viewable today. 

Posts used slurs to refer to disabled people, including ‘r*****’ and ‘m*****’, as well as the homophobic slur ‘f*****’. 

Coteman did not join the police until 2019, raising questions over how vetting staff missed it.

When alerted to the account by MailOnline, Cambridgeshire Constabulary’s Chief Constable Nick Dean said the force ‘does not have a record’ of the account. 

But he added: ‘It is clear from this page that he behaved in a manner that is inconsistent with the standards of professional behaviour prior to joining policing.’

PC Mark Coteman (pictured) was fired from the force after being found guilty of gross misconduct

PC Mark Coteman (pictured) was fired from the force after being found guilty of gross misconduct

Coteman has a public Twitter account filled with abuse and offensive content that police admit they failed to find during vetting procedures

Coteman has a public Twitter account filled with abuse and offensive content that police admit they failed to find during vetting procedures

Coteman was dismissed from the force in a gross misconduct hearing this week.

It heard that Coteman, who was previously awarded for bravery after he and colleagues saved the live of a man threatening to jump from a hospital car park, sent messages including a photo of Jimmy Saville with the caption ‘Hello Childline, do you deliver?’

The pair exchanged messages, sent between July and December 2022, which made fun of people with disabilities, as well as others that were racist and misogynistic.

Coteman and PC Austin were found to have breached policing’s Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Equality and Diversity, Discreditable Conduct, Challenging and Reporting Improper Conduct, Integrity and Authority, Respect and Courtesy.

In a separate hearing, PC Coteman was also found to have breached standards by offering to supply class C drugs, fraud by false representation and causing a computer to secure or enable unauthorised access to information.

Coteman pleaded guilty to all three charges on 16 April and is due to appear at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday for sentencing.

MailOnline can now reveal that in a post as early as November 2012, Coteman shared a photograph of an Asian baby in a carrier bag with the caption: ‘Did someone order a Chinese?’ 

In October 2013, Coteman mocked Muslim women as he wrote: ‘Tonight for Halloween I’m going to wear a pacman suit and chase women in burkas around the town centre’.

A week later, a post read: ‘Cambridge is like a swimming pool – foreign students and children beware!’ 

In December 2014 he also targeted the Jewish community, writing: ‘Going to come and celebrate Hanukkah with you IRA style’. 

PC Coteman was also found to have breached standards by offering to supply class C drugs, fraud by false representation and causing a computer to secure or enable unauthorised access to information

PC Coteman was also found to have breached standards by offering to supply class C drugs, fraud by false representation and causing a computer to secure or enable unauthorised access to information

The account, which contains countless offensive tweets, was active from 2012 until 2016

The account, which contains countless offensive tweets, was active from 2012 until 2016

Another post shared by the former officer said: ‘It’s Friday and your [sic] a f*****’. He also posted other memes targeting the LGBT+ community.

Multiple tweets from the account also mocked people with achondroplasia, commonly known as dwarfism.

In January 2013 Coteman wrote: ‘Thought that young boy was very competent on his mountain bike especially as it was a little 2big [sic] and no stabilisers. Turns out it was a m*****’.

A year later, he shared a meme which featured a picture of two women with achondroplasia which said: ‘Tag a friend that’s into m***** threesomes.’

He also shared a meme made up of a picture of a woman with the tagline: ‘Tag someone who would lick her’ as well as multiple other sexually explicit tweets.

Coteman, previously hailed as a ‘hero’ after helping to save the life of a man threatening to jump off the top of a car park, this week was sacked from the force in disgrace.

PC Mark Coteman and PC Oliver Austin, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, were found guilty of gross misconduct during a hearing this week

PC Mark Coteman and PC Oliver Austin, from Cambridgeshire Constabulary, were found guilty of gross misconduct during a hearing this week

MailOnline yesterday revealed the contents of the vile messages sent by the two officers at the heart of the probe.

On July 31, 2022, Coteman sent PC Austin a photograph of paedophile Jimmy Savile containing the text ‘Hello, Childline, do you deliver?’, messages show.

Then on September 3, he sent his colleague a video which showed a man with severe disabilities working out. During the exercise, a resistance band snaps and hits the man in the face.

Message records show PC Austin replied ‘F***’ and sent three laughing emojis.

Just over two weeks later on September 19, the hearing heard Coteman sent another video that had been recorded in a police station and showed an officer working. A voiceover during the clip said: ‘Never thought I would enjoy working with a mentally handicapped co-worker until I met you.’

The hearing was told that no sensitive information was visible in the video. PC Austin replied ‘Omfg’ and sent seven laughing emojis.

Coteman then sent a follow-up message that said: ‘Haha. Yeah he messaged me all upset.’

PC Austin replied: ‘Haha our very own white Harvey Price’.

Coteman shared a photograph of paedophile Jimmy Savile with the caption: 'Hello, Childline, do you deliver?'

Coteman shared a photograph of paedophile Jimmy Savile with the caption: ‘Hello, Childline, do you deliver?’

PC Austin sent a video of Katie Price's son Harvey (both pictured) who is disabled and partially sighted

PC Austin sent a video of Katie Price’s son Harvey (both pictured) who is disabled and partially sighted

He then sent a video of Mr Price, who is the son of Katie Price, and who has various disabilities including autism, septo-optic dysplasia and a learning disability. He is also partially sighted.

On Christmas Eve of the same year, PC Austin sent an image of an Asian child crying and added: ‘Chinese kid on Christmas, getting the same toy he made 5 hours ago.’

Coteman sent back three laughing emojis. 

The special case hearing, held on Tuesday, at Lysander House in Station Road, Tempsford, concluded that PC Coteman be dismissed without notice while PC Austin was given a final written warning that will stand on his record for four years. 

It is not the first time that Harvey Price has been targeted by police officers: last year two serving Met Police officers were sacked over WhatsApp messages which included derogatory comments about the 21 year old.

PC Glynn Rees and PC Dave Selway were fired while six other officers had already resigned.

The pair and former Sgt Luke Thomas, former acting Sgt Luke Allen and former PCs Kelsey Buchan, Lee South, Darren Jenner and Carlo Francisco were all barred from the police service. 

In response to posts from Constable, Chief Constable Nick Dean said: ‘Former officer Mark Coteman was vetted in June 2019 and while open-source checks were carried out at that time, the force does not have a record of this Twitter account. 

‘It is clear from this page that he behaved in a manner that is inconsistent with the standards of professional behaviour prior to joining policing.

‘The vetting process now requires individuals to proactively provide details/usernames of all their social media accounts to ensure the highest levels of integrity.

‘The public’s trust and confidence in policing remains a top priority for Cambridgeshire Constabulary and in October last year we launched Operation Protect, in response to the Casey report and more recently the Angiolini inquiry.

‘Operation Protect involves a number of checks including a review of the Police National Database’s current records to establish if there is any match to HR records and a review of the Police National Computer trace markers for all police officers, specials and staff.

‘It also includes a review of historic criminal investigations, a review of historic Honesty and Integrity outcomes and an assessment of whether individuals meet the requirements outlined in the updated Vetting Code of Practice.

‘The recently revised Code of Ethics also outlines the professional behaviours that the public can expect to see from officers, staff and volunteers. A key part of this work is empowering our colleagues to have the confidence to challenge and call out behaviour that has no place in our organisation along with an approachable Professional Standards Department who will ensure support is provided.

‘We know the majority of people in policing are here to serve the public, do a good job and make a difference. That small minority who do not uphold our standards of behaviour have no place in policing.’

Following the misconduct hearing he had said: ‘The public would expect that officers act with the utmost professionalism. We operate in an environment where the scrutiny of what we do, both on and off duty is constantly under question and rightly so. 

‘In this case harm has been caused to the reputation of the Constabulary, the police service and importantly it has dented the trust and confidence that the public have in police.

‘The messages were offensive, inappropriate and contained content that was racist, misogynistic and offensive. Their actions were against the professional code of conduct that we expect officers to adhere to.’

Referring to PC Coteman’s second hearing, CC Dean added: ‘Any officer committing a criminal offence causes harm and in this case it is beyond question that such harm has been caused. His actions were deliberate, pre-meditated and planned. 

‘My determination is that the least severe outcome that deals adequately with the issues whilst maintaining public confidence is dismissal without notice.’



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