FIVE police officers are facing disciplinary action after a huge probe into “inappropriate” text messages.
The investigation was launched as part of the inquiry into the activities of sacked Chief Inspector Mark Brew earlier this year.
Brew, 47, was suspended while an internal inquiry took place and his work mobile phone was analysed as part of the probe.
It is undertood that as well as implicating Brew and leading to his dismissal, the contents of certain text messages sparked the further investigation of other officers.
It is believed at one point up to 28 texts, some said to be from officers in other forces, were examined.
Merseyside Police today confirmed five officers were heading for misconduct hearings as a result of the discoveries.
One of those, as revealed last month, is Det Sgt Andrew Doyle, who has been placed on restricted duties but not been suspended.