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Cops Ignore Call-Outs To Engage In Sexual Activity In Police Car

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Cops Ignore Call-Outs To Engage In Sexual Activity In Police Car

Two cops ignored call-outs to engage in 'sexual activity' in a police car, a disciplinary panel has heard.

PS Molly Edwards and PC Richard Paton - formerly of Surrey Police - were exposed after the vehicle was bugged, amid suspicions they were having an affair.

In an audio recording, 39-year-old Paton was heard moaning 'aww, let's just get naked' just before a 4.51am call for assistance at a burglary at electrical store Curry's.

Paton was also heard making a racist comment about an Asian colleague. Credit: Surrey Police
Paton was also heard making a racist comment about an Asian colleague. Credit: Surrey Police
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The officers had ignored a previous call to attend Frimley Park Hospital to deal with a serious assault outside a nightclub. The call came at 4.17am, at which time, they were parked up 15 minutes away engaging in sexual activity.

Panel chair John Bassett said in an adjudication report: "It is evident from the transcripts of what occurred after the call that sexual activity continued."

The report said the recordings captured the verbal expression of their sexual fantasies, while their sexual activity 'clearly involved the removal of some of their clothing, kissing', as well as Paton pleasuring Edwards.

Both officers resigned from Surrey Police before last month's tribunal, which found that four allegations of gross misconduct were proven, meaning they would have been sacked.

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The first count was for engaging in sexual activity while on duty in a police vehicle in a public space, which allegedly took place between June and September in 2019.

Edwards said the sexual activity only took place during the two days the cop car was bugged, and writing about the affair before resigning, she said: "It wasn't always sexual in that sometimes it could be just holding hands.

"I enjoyed the time we had together, but became aware what we were doing was wrong and would say to him we should put a stop to it."

Edwards received a commendation in 2015. Credit: Facebook/Surrey Police
Edwards received a commendation in 2015. Credit: Facebook/Surrey Police
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The panel concluded that the affair had been going on for at least three weeks, but there was not enough evidence to show it had been going on for three months.

The second count was for failing to report to the call-outs, which was described in the report as a 'serious dereliction of duty'.

The third count was for misleading their boss with regard to rumours about their affair, while Paton was also heard making a racist comment about an Asian colleague, which Edwards did not challenge or report.

Edwards had previously been awarded a Divisional Commendation in 2015 for her 'valiant actions' detaining a drunk man in a restaurant, who hit her in the face twice.

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Surrey Police

Topics: Police, UK News

Jake Massey
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