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Overweight policewoman who repeatedly failed the fitness ‘bleep test’ and was nicknamed ‘Blue Moon’ because she was so rarely in work loses her discrimination case

Detective Constable Rebecca Tiffin said she felt she was being ‘over-scrutinised’ by Surrey Police, and was suing them for disability and sex discrimination after failing to complete the mandatory test. Ms Tiffin’s superior had allowed her access to the gym facilities at Staines Police Station in Surrey (above) and had encouraged her to use them in her lunch breaks, the tribunal was told The court also heard that her superior, Detective Inspector Rebecca Molyneux, had allowed Ms Tiffin access to the gym facilities at Staines Police Station. Ms Tiffin was subject to the same performance procedures as any other officer in the force, the tribunal judge ruled In relation to the claims alleging disability discrimination, employment tribunal judge Stephen Vowles concluded in a written judgement that Ms Tiffin had been subject to the same performance procedures as any other officer in the force. Addressing claims that she was pushed out of the force by her superiors, he said: ‘During the course of the proceedings and before the start of the hearing, the respondent conceded that the claimant was a disabled person by reason of depression and hypothyroidism.’ Sussex police officer PC Alistair Knight said: ‘It’s at the standard where as long as you’re reasonably healthy and you put in some effort then you’ll be fine.

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