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WIGAN WOMAN CAUGHT POLICE WATCHING NETFLIX IN HER HOME WHILE ON DUTY

WIGAN WOMAN CAUGHT POLICE WATCHING NETFLIX IN HER HOME WHILE ON DUTY
UK News

WIGAN WOMAN CAUGHT POLICE WATCHING NETFLIX IN HER HOME WHILE ON DUTY

WIGAN WOMAN CAUGHT POLICE WATCHING NETFLIX IN HER HOME WHILE ON DUTY

A woman was less than pleased when she caught police on CCTV in her home watching Netflix and lifting weights.

21-year-old Abbygail Lawton had gone missing during a mental health crisis, which prompted the ambulance service to contact to police for assistance on 3 January.

The officers were tasked with remaining at Lawton's property in case she returned home while other officers were searching for her elsewhere.

However, Lawton was "disgusted" to see the footage of the responding officers sitting on her sofa watching Netflix on her television and even lifting dumbells.

She also mentioned that in previous call-outs, police had usually checked her home before waiting in their car.

Layton noticed the unusual activity in her home after she was notified of movement in her home on her CCTV app, where the two men arrived at her home just before 22:00, watched television and lifted weights, then left at 01:30 the next day.

Layton was found by police at around 04:00 when she was arrested for wasting police time and held in police custody for twelve hours. However, Lawton stated no further action was taken against her.

The 21-year-old filed a formal complaint regarding the officers' conduct, however, Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said the two men did not breach any standards.

Speaking on the incident, Lawton said:

You think they are there to help you but then they are sat doing that, it doesn't make any sense," she said.

"You expect police to be working hard and protecting people, it's not what you expect, not very professional."

GMP's Professional Standards Branch (PSB) said the two officers should "reflect on and learn" from Lawton's complaint.

Lawton has said she will request a review of the decision, stating the officers' conduct had caused her "mental trauma and mistrust" of the police.

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