A POLICE officer accused of making dozens of offensive remarks had two sides of his personality, a misconduct hearing has been told.

PC James Oldfield is subject to gross misconduct charges after secret recordings uncovered around 60 incidents where he either said an inappropriate statement or failed to challenge other officers.

In one incident the father-of-two used the word “mongs” and in another joked about migrants having a long swim and drowning in the sea.

Giving evidence today (Monday) the Hampshire police officer was questioned after his supervisors said he had two sides to his character.

PC Oldfield told the hearing: “For me it is a very much a case of James got on with work, professional, speak to the public,” adding that Jim swore and said some unprofessional things.

He continued: “I see myself as a completely different person, I don’t see myself being Jim – a complete animal.

“I use words, I use all kinds of words and I swear. I am not saying it is absolutely fine.

"I don’t have any ill feelings towards anybody.

“A lot of what I say comes out of anger, a lot of what I say is to try and make people laugh.”

Six officers from the Serious and Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) North office based at the Northern Police Investigation Centre, in Basingstoke, are accused of making comments of a discriminatory nature or of an inappropriate or offensive nature between March 9 and April 2 2018.

The officers facing charges are Retired Detective Inspector Tim Ireson, Detective Sergeant Oliver Lage, Detective Sergeant Gregory Willcox, former PC Craig Bannerman, trainee Detective Constable Andrew Ferguson and PC Oldfield.

PC Oldfield grew up in a military environment and has attributed his upbringing to much of his language used.

He said: “Not wanting to blame my dad for why I am sat here, he does swear. My school had a very heavy influence on my sense of humour and my swearing.”

In one incident PC Oldfield shouted following a tannoy announcement “she is bit of c**k,” “So f*****g, just a c**k”, “I don’t know if she’s getting any c**k”.

The officer said he was having a “stressful time” due to ill health and problems with his home, but told the hearing that the person who the words were in relation to was “very unhelpful” in general. He accepted it was a “disgusting” statement.

PC Oldfield is also alleged to have attended work on April 1 2018 while unfit for duty due to excessive alcohol consumption the previous evening/that morning.

The hearing, which is taking place at Hampshire Constabulary’s headquarters in Eastleigh, continues.