Two former senior Humberside Police officers have been charged with exchanging grossly offensive and sexually charged WhatsApp messages about women they came across while on duty.

Former police inspector Scott Snowden, appeared in court yesterday.

Meanwhile, his co-defendant was not present for the hearing but was named in court as Edward Cook, more commonly known as former Superintendent Ed Cook, reports Grimsby Live.

Both men spent time working in Hull and East Yorkshire.

Appearing before Grimsby Magistrates Court via a video link, Snowden, 48, of New Waltham, pleaded not guilty.

He denied charges that he had sent a message by a public electronics communications network that was grossly offensive or of an indecent, obscene or menacing nature while working in Scunthorpe between January 21, 2017 and October 12, 2018.

Inspector Scott Snowden

He had previously been accused of misconduct in public office but a new summons had been issued after it was said to have been given “in error”.

Wearing a dark suit, light shirt and yellow patterned tie, Snowden spoke to confirm his details, address and to enter his plea.

Prosecutor Geraldine Kelly told the court: "There is another defendant called Edward Cook, who is charged with the same offence."

The charge was centred on conversations and messages being sent between the two former officers or from one to another on WhatsApp.

She noted that was Snowden was previously an officer with Humberside Police.

Miss Kelly said Cook was due to be represented in the future by leading barrister Jason Pitter QC.

And added that it had been hoped that the defendants would appear in court together so a pre-trial hearing could take place.

Superintendent Ed Cook

District judge Daniel Curtis said he was “in the dark” about the reason this had not happened and expressed his surprise at the situation.

Snowden's solicitor, Julian Gaskin, said that it was likely legal arguments would be put forward at a future hearing.

The case was adjourned to link up with Cook and a decision is still to be made on the location of the trial and who it will be heard before.

Snowden, who is on summons rather than bail, had the matter against him adjourned.

Humberside Police has declined to comment until court proceedings are concluded.

Snowden was recently named as the new resort manager for Cleethorpes presiding over  beach safety and tourist information in the resort.

He also acts as a focal point for local businesses and residents and a main link to council services.

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Speaking at the time of his appointment to his new role he said: “He said at the time: "I’m keen to get businesses large and small to work together for the benefit of the resort – that’s going to be the main focus of my work for the next year.

"We’re all here trying to do one thing – to make sure that Cleethorpes is a fun and safe place to visit, where people come and want to return.

"If, in a year’s time, I can look back and say that I’ve done my best to bring things together in the resort and we’re all working better together, I’ll be a happy man!"