A FORMER police officer is facing a misconduct hearing over claims he sent inappropriate messages to a young woman interested in joining the force.

Ex-PC Matthew Langford is set to be hauled in front of a panel at Chelmsford Civic Centre on Friday.

The officer is alleged to have sent "inappropriate and unsolicited" messages to a person who was interested in joining the police.

The messaging is said to have continued after they had joined the force.

He is also said to have accessed police record to send personal and inappropriate messages to a vulnerable victim of crime.

It is understood the former officer served in Colchester and Tendring during is career.

He has allegedly breached the standards of professional behaviour expected of police officers in the orders and instructions, confidentiality, discreditable conduct and authority, respect and courtesy categories.