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Met Police officer James Petevinou has been sacked from the force after losing a harassment appeal Getty

Met Police detective constable James Petevinou has been sacked from the force after harassing a sunglasses saleswoman he met in Knightsbridge department store Harrods. The officer, who was attached to Hackney borough police force, was handed a two-year restraining order banning him from entering Harrods or contacting Rubab Javaid.

He was also ordered to pay £930 costs and complete 180 hours of unpaid work at Westminster Magistrates' Court last October. He has now been dismissed without notice from the Metropolitan Police Service following a special case hearing.

The officer faced allegations that his conduct amounted to a breach of the standards of professional behaviour in respect of honesty and integrity; authority, respect, courtesy and discreditable conduct.

In May, Petevinou had his appeal against his conviction for harassment dismissed at Southwark Crown Court and was ordered to pay a further £400 costs. The allegations were proven as gross misconduct.

During the court hearing, Javaid described the Met officer as "creepy, alarming and distressing", and feared he might access information about her. Her work performance levels dropped and she resorted to lying to Petevinou that she had a boyfriend to get rid of the detective. Petevinou claimed he was being depicted as a "monster" but had his appeal quashed.