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Overweight police officer sues force after failing fitness ‘bleep test’

Woman nicknamed ‘Blue Moon’ tells tribunal she felt ‘overly scrutinised’ and ‘crushed’ by line manager’s comments

An overweight policewoman has taken her former employer to a tribunal over claims she was pushed into resigning over pressure to pass the bleep test.

Detective constable Rebecca Tiffin, who is suing Surrey Police for disability and sex discrimination, told a tribunal panel yesterday that she had an underactive thyroid gland, which had caused her weight gain, and a history of depression and stress and anxiety conditions.

“My conditions are mental and physical impairments that have a substantial and long-term adverse effect on my ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities,” she is reported by The Sun as telling the Reading tribunal.

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June 14, 2017

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