Fury as it’s revealed police officers caught watching Come Dine With Me and using dumbbells in missing woman’s living room for four hours WON’T face disciplinary action
A retired senior detective has decided not to punish two officers who spent four hours watching television on a woman’s sofa after they were called to her home.
Former Scotland Yard undercover officer Peter Bleksley said the officers should at least be admonished by their superiors and put on the least attractive duties for a ‘considerable amount of time’.
He spoke as new video emerged showing the two Greater Manchester police officers sitting and watching Come Dine With Me and Netflix.
They were ‘chilling’ at the home of 21-year-old Abbygail Lawton from Wigan, who was in the midst of a mental health crisis.
Concerns about Ms Lawton’s welfare were raised by the ambulance service and the pair were sent to her home as back-up.
The two police officers were caught on video at the home of a missing woman
An officer was filmed on Ms Lawton’s CCTV making themselves at home with their feet up.
Another officer was seen lifting dumbbell weights inside the house
The officers ‘chilled’ at the home of 21-year-old Abbygail Lawton from Wigan, who was in the midst of a mental health crisis.
After searching the property and finding her out, they were told to wait at the house in case she returned.
But they were filmed on Ms Lawton’s CCTV making themselves at home with their feet up. One of them was also seen with her dumbbells.
The officers were told their behavior ‘did not breach the standards of professional conduct’ by GMP’s Professional Standards, but they must reflect on how it appeared.
Today experienced retired officer Mr. Bleksley told MailOnline: ‘I think it was completely disrespectful.
‘The Police are paid from the public purse and what we hear these days from senior officers are complaints about the lack of resources and how they cannot spare manpower to deal with shoplifting, car theft and burglaries.
‘We’ll… here we have a couple of officers sitting on their backsides watching Come Dine With Me on someone else’s sofa for four hours.
‘Obviously these officers should have known better themselves, but where was the oversight? I would say there was a terrible lack of it here.
‘To escape any form of punishment and instead be told to simply ‘reflect’ on their behavior is not a good look in the least.
Peter Bleksley, a former Scotland Yard undercover officer, said that at the very least the officers should be admonished by their superiors and must perform the least attractive duties for a ‘considerable period of time’
‘If this had happened when I was an officer, I suspect the guilty parties’ feet would not have touched the ground and they would have received what we call ‘words of advice’ from the inspector or sergeant.
‘It would have meant making the tea or being sent on school cross patrols for some time. I think it should apply to these two officers.
‘What they are caught is not the crime of the century, but it is a terrible example to set and seems at odds with modern day policing which seems to be increasingly focused on perception.
‘GMP has a new Chief Constable in Stephen Watson who I know wants to restore standards of appearance and discipline. He’ll be more annoyed by this than I am.’