A FORMER Avon and Somerset police constable who had sex with a vulnerable person on and off duty has been told he can never work for the force again.

"Predatory and manipulative" Ed Farrow also had an inappropriate sexual relationship with another individual.

Farrow, who resigned before he could be dismissed, was barred from serving in the constabulary following a misconduct hearing.

The allegations against Farrow, who was based in Bridgwater, were found to be proved at the hearing, which was held in private to protect his victims.

It also emerged that Farrow shared confidential details of a police investigation, including a murder probe.

And he failed to act professionally in response to a domestic abuse allegation.

Following the hearing, Avon and Somerset Police DCI Ed Yaxley said: "There is no room in policing for officers who abuse their position, especially for a sexual purpose, or who take advantage of vulnerable people, who rightly look to us to protect them."

The Independent Office for Police Conduct investigated the case against Farrow towards the end of last year and referred it to the Crown Prosecution Service.

An IOPC spokesman said: "While no charges were authorised, former PC Farrow was given a conditional caution for breaching the Data Protection Act 1998, by sharing confidential information."

IOPC regional director Catrin Evans said: "Former PC Farrow was predatory, controlling and manipulative and has caused significant harm to the vulnerable members of the public who he met during the course of his duties.

"The ruling by the panel shows that officers who abuse their position in this way have no place in policing."