A married police officer who used police databases to spy on his gay lovers has quit his job.

Haydn Evans, 55, a constable from Swansea, admitted 12 counts of illegally accessing data and was given a conditional discharge in June.

He suspended and was due to face an internal misconduct inquiry but quit before it could take place.

A South Wales Police spokeswoman told the South Wales Evening Post: “PC Haydn Evans was suspended from duty when the investigation was launched and he resigned from the force.

“We will always undertake swift and robust action when investigating allegations of staff misconduct.

“Any police officer or staff member that abuses the trust instilled in them by South Wales Police can expect to be thoroughly investigated by our professional standards department.

“As this case demonstrates, those who fail to meet the high standards that the police service and the public demand will face appearing before a criminal court or an internal misconduct hearing.”

Evans had abused the police computer database to search for personal information about six of his male lovers, including their health backgrounds.

He also used the database to try to find out whether his car had been spotted at any of the outdoor cruising sites he visited in South Wales.

The court heard he had tried to keep his gay relationships secret from his wife and two grown-up sons.

After Evans was convicted, police reassured gay people that they only monitor cruising sites when complaints have been made or as part of an investigation.