Tuesday, November 29, 2022

PC Vruti Cleared Of Gay “Lovers’ Tiff” Off Duty

Two off-duty Essex policewomen had a “lovers’ tiff” in Lakeside after one accused the other of “cheating”, a court has heard.

BBC Essex reported that Pc Vruti Patel, 26, allegedly “grabbed and pushed” Pc Lisa Staines outside Cafe Rouge on the Boardwalk.

Judge David Cooper, sitting at Ipswich magistrates court, was shown CCTV footage of security guards intervening to keep the officers apart.

He found Pc Patel not guilty of assault following a three-hour trial.

The judge said police and prosecutors had been right to charge Pc Patel, but he was not satisfied beyond reasonable doubt that she had used “unlawful force”.

Essex Police said Pc Patel had been on “restricted duties” since she was charged.

A spokesman said officers would investigate to see if any police disciplinary rules had been breached.

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