Copper sacked after hiding in wardrobe during raid instead of arresting suspect

A police officer has been given the boot after she hid during a raid on a suspect’s house.

Greater Manchester Police have terminated the employment of PC Elaine Taylor after she was slammed with allegations that her conduct was discreditable.

The incident in question took place on January 8, 2020, when she was found hiding in a wardrobe as officers searched the premises.

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She was sacked from the Bolton division of Greater Manchester Police without notice after being found guilty of gross misconduct at a hearing on Monday (December 12).

Her colleagues are understood to have been carrying out a search warrant at an address where the suspect was also present.

Ms Taylor is understood to have had “full knowledge” of this information but is understood to have opted “to acquiesce and ignore" it.

A representative for the force said Ms Taylor faced "allegations relating to discreditable conduct and honesty and integrity".

In a statement, the police said: “Present at the same location was a wanted person of whom the officer had full knowledge of, but chose to acquiesce and ignore.”

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Detective Sergeant Tony Dixon said in a statement: “We hold all of our police officers and staff to the highest standard and, unfortunately, PC Taylor fell below those standards.

“We remain committed to addressing any misconduct of any kind, at any rank, and will take swift and robust action to ensure we maintain the confidence of the public we serve.”

The news comes as an unrelated police officer in London has been suspended after repeatedly hitting a man in handcuffs after he bit her.

PC Claudia Pastina has been suspended following the Lambeth, South London, incident on February 19 of this year.

She is attached to the Central South Basic Command Unit,MyLondonreports, and had been responding to a call about a man behaving suspiciously.

Chief Superintendent Colin Wingrove, in charge of policing for Lambeth and Southwark, said: “The public trust us to use the powers we have fairly, professionally and act with the highest standards at all times.

“In this case the high standards we expect were not met.”

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