PC’s ex-wife felt like she had been ‘touched by a thousand men’ after he posted her picture online

PC Alan Friday, of Cheshire Police, tried to overturn conviction for harassment but his appeal was dismissed at Bolton Crown Court

PC Alan Friday, of Cheshire Police, tried to overturn conviction for harassment but his appeal was dismissed at Bolton Crown Court

PC Alan Friday, of Cheshire Police, tried to overturn conviction for harassment but his appeal was dismissed at Bolton Crown Court

A policeman’s ex-wife has told how she felt as if she had been ‘touched by a thousand men’ after he posted a picture of her on a swingers’ website.

Andrea Church burst into tears after learning of the image during a work night out and was so distraught she left the party early and had a shower at her sister’s home in which she was said to be ‘clawing her own skin off.’

Her former spouse PC Alan Friday, 42, from Halewood, Liverpool, had earlier used the image of Miss Church fully clothed from her Facebook page to message sex swingers under his username ‘Sexy Scouser’ on the Fabswingers.com website.

The image was spotted by a family friend who also used the site and who recognised Miss Church and alerted her relatives.

Initially Friday, a dog handler for Cheshire Police, rang his ex-wife and confessed: ‘I have done something wrong, I am going to lose my job and the dogs will be taken off me’.

He then bombarded her with nuisance calls in a bid to stop her reporting him. One friend who confronted him was told: ‘Don’t ring the police, I am going to go to jail. I will explain.’

At Bolton Crown Court Miss Church relived her ordeal as the disgraced constable lost an appeal against his conviction for harassment.

‘Regardless of whether I am clothed or not, you do not do that,’ said Miss Church who is in her 40s. ‘I was clawing my skin off in the shower that day as I felt violated, like 1,000 people had touched me.

‘I didn’t think he could violate me like that. When you think you know someone but then they are capable of doing that to you, you can’t trust anyone and feel violated.’

The court heard the couple had been married for four years during which Friday posted another picture of Miss Church on the swingers website. They divorced in 2017 due to his infidelity.

Andrea Church

Andrea Church

Andrea's sister Hayley Church

Andrea's sister Hayley Church

Andrea Church (pictured left) told the court she felt violated and was ‘clawing at her skin’ in the shower at sister Hayley’s house (right) when she found out what her ex-husband had done

Miss Church told the hearing: ‘I found out he had been having an affair for God knows how long. I then went through various states with him. If I didn’t answer him he would ring and ring and ring.

‘If I am friendly with him I get ‘nice Alan’ and if I am not he turns up at my house kicking and screaming.’ 

She learnt of her picture being posted in December 2019 when she was at a work Christmas party with her boss. ‘I was in the back of the car and my phone was ringing and ringing,’ said Miss Church.

‘I didn’t initially answer but then I did and he was hysterical to me down the phone. I asked ‘what’s happened’ and he said ‘I’ve done it again, I’ve done it again. I’m going to lose my job, the dogs, everything.’ I said ‘it’s OK I’ll sort it like I did last time’ and put the phone down.

‘After I put the phone down I was still conscious that my manager was in the car and I assumed she could hear everything as she was in front of me. My phone carried on ringing but I tried not to show the severity of what was going through my head, because these are people who I work with. I was just trying to keep it together.

Miss Church described how Friday repeatedly tried to contact her which lead to her getting upset.

PC Alan Friday pictured at a previous hearing

PC Alan Friday pictured at a previous hearing

PC Alan Friday is a dog handler for Cheshire Police

PC Alan Friday is a dog handler for Cheshire Police

PC Alan Friday, who works as a dog handler for Cheshire Police (pictured right), told Bolton Crown Court he only contacted Miss Church because she wanted to restart their relationship

Last month at court, Friday was found guilty of harassment and was banned from contacting Ms Church under the terms of a two year restraining order. Pictured: a swingers website

Last month at court, Friday was found guilty of harassment and was banned from contacting Ms Church under the terms of a two year restraining order. Pictured: a swingers website

Last month at court, Friday was found guilty of harassment and was banned from contacting Ms Church under the terms of a two year restraining order. Pictured: a swingers website

‘My manager answered one of his calls when I was at the bar and told him to leave me alone. I just needed to get home and my sister came and got me, it was horrible. He had told me ‘it’s the images’. I got home and got in the shower and was just tearing at my skin.

‘After I had been in the shower the front door bell was going and I my sister told me to stay in the bathroom as she feared it was him. She saw him through the glass. I felt scared when he came to the door.’ 

Friday told the court he had Miss Church’s consent to send a photo in 2016, adding: ‘After we divorced there was consistent contact every day. It was hourly, daily, constant. The main aspect of the contact was her wanting to restart the relationship.

‘She struggled with the divorce and the breakdown of the relationship, and wanted to get back together and give us another go.’

Explaining why he posted another picture of his ex-wife on the swinger site Friday said: ‘I was on the site and I sent a clothed picture of her from her Facebook. I pretended to be a woman and made up the name ‘Laura’ and an age. I didn’t expect to see someone who knew me.’

Dismissing the appeal, the judge Mr Recorder Andrew Nuttall who was sitting with two JPs told Friday: ‘We do not find you were a credible witness. You said all the other witnesses were liars and dispute all the evidence.

When Miss Church (pictured left with sister Hayley) found out while on a work night out she asked her sister to pick her up early so she could go to Hayley's house and take a shower

When Miss Church (pictured left with sister Hayley) found out while on a work night out she asked her sister to pick her up early so she could go to Hayley's house and take a shower

When Miss Church (pictured left with sister Hayley) found out while on a work night out she asked her sister to pick her up early so she could go to Hayley’s house and take a shower

‘We are satisfied that you emailed and called her, and went to her address several times. You caused her great alarm and distress, and left her feeling humiliated. ‘

Friday will have pay a further £620 in costs for the appeal. Last month he was made subject of a two-year community order and ordered to complete 100 hours unpaid work.

He was also ordered to complete a Building Better Relationships programme and pay £710 in costs and surcharges.

His iPhone and laptop was ordered to be forfeited and destroyed and he was banned from contacting Miss Church under the terms of a two-year restraining order.

He now faces a disciplinary hearing where he could lose his job.

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