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British officer takes sick leave for 'broken heart'

A British police officer has been signed off sick with a "broken heart" for four months after being dumped by her married colleague, a media report said Thursday.

The mother-of-one is believed to have been left devastated when her lover went back to his estranged wife. The unnamed pair had set up home together after meeting at work when the male officer's marriage had broken down, the MailOnline reported.

Pete Smythe, chairman of the Met Police Federation, said: "As far as the rules are concerned she will be on full pay until six months, then half pay thereafter until 12 months when it will go down to nothing."

The two officers' relationship lasted just three months.

The detective was apparently signed off on full pay with stress and failed to return to her 45,000-pound-a-year job, the report said.

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