London BTP officer sacked for making unwanted sexual advances to colleagues



British Transport Police (BTP) officer has been sacked for making unwanted sexual advances toward female colleagues.

PC Shasanga Rana, based in London, was dismissed without notice following a misconduct hearing from March 27 to 29.

It was alleged that PC Rana touched another officer on three occasions without her consent by massaging her shoulders, stroking her arm and touching her leg.

He was also accused of making comments about her weight and sending inappropriate messages to a second officer over Instagram, one of which made reference to a sexual act.

The independent panel found that his actions amounted to gross misconduct, and he has been dismissed from the force with immediate effect.

The panel said the behaviour violated the dignity of the two officers and constituted unwanted sexual advances, and they believed that PC Rana’s actions were deliberate and targeted.

Detective Superintendent Pete Fulton, head of BTP’s Professional Standards Department, said: “Shasanga Rana showed a very concerning pattern of behaviour that is fundamentally not aligned to our BTP values.

“He inappropriately touched an officer and sent disgusting messages of a sexual nature to another. Thankfully they came forward with compelling evidence and he was quite rightly dismissed from BTP.

“I fully support panel’s decision in this case, and I’m pleased Shasanga Rana is no longer part of our force.”