Calderdale’s Romeo cop gets the sack for gross misconduct

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A ROMEO cop who bedded women while working has been sacked for gross misconduct.

PC Troy Van-Eda, 44, originally from Luddenden Foot, spent his early police career as a special constable in Calderdale.

He worked in Sowerby Bridge and the Upper Calder Valley around 12 years ago and later became a full time officer with Greater Manchester Police.

He married Luddenden woman Joanne Welch in 1996 and they settled in the village after a romantic wedding in St Lucia.

Van-Eda, now of Rochdale, denies any wrongdoing and claimed he was a victim of malicious lies at a disciplinary hearing last week. But senior officers dismissed his version of events and he was sacked immediately.

A spurned lover reported him to his bosses after a six-year affair.

In April 2004 he targeted motorist Joanne Pinder, 34, of Rochdale, after he pulled her over for not wearing a seat belt. She expected to be prosecuted but instead Van-Eda asked for her phone number and they met at Littleborough police station the following day where she said they made love in the boiler room.

Miss Pinder told the hearing Van-Eda visited her at home while on duty and they also slept together at Milnrow Police Station.

Three years later Van-Eda told her he was married with three children but separated from his wife.

Later Miss Pinder said she discovered he had been sleeping with other women while on duty and she made a formal complaint.

Five women who claimed to have slept with him gave evidence at the hearing into his conduct.

He had been allowed to continue working on restricted duties while an investigation was carried out.

Van-Eda, who now lives with his fiancee Rachael Smith, said he would appeal the decision.

He used to work as an engineer at Fielden Handling, Sowerby Bridge.