A DESPERATE ex-cop was driven to the brink of suicide after claiming he was fitted up by a force anti-corruption squad over a murder bid case.
Former Detective Constable Alan Cotton, 47, revealed how his life was “destroyed” by an alleged smear campaign which left his successful policing career in ruins.
Despite being cleared of any corruption, he insists he had no choice but to quit his job with the force.
And yesterday he told an employment tribunal of the devastating emotional impact the claims had made on his life.
Alan said: “Being accused of corruption is the worst thing you can label a cop with. It totally destroyed my life and I was at my lowest ebb. I’m ashamed to say I had thought of ending my life.
“It’s not something I’m proud of. I went to counselling and managed to get through it.”