All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy.
A crowd of on-duty police officers were spotted on the dodgems at a fair yesterday, sparking outrage from revellers who say they should have been fighting crime.
At least 21 police men and women were seen on the fairground ride in full uniform at Hull Fair. Their antics have been met with fury as Humberside Police have repeatedly been reported saying they are stretched and understaffed. The force made a total of four arrests over the course of the eight-day event with 40 officers on-duty each day.
Among the thrill-seeking officers spotted on the bumper cars was Chief Superintendent Darren Downs, whose annual salary is £80,000.
Deputy Chief Constable Andy McDyer (pictured above) claimed the officers were ‘taking a five-minute break’ when they were all seen riding the bumper cars at the same time.
He told the newspaper: ‘Officers policing the event took a five-minute break to have some fun.’
Police have revealed the number of people arrested during this year’s Hull Fair as tens of thousands of people descended on Walton Street for the popular annual event.
Inspector Scott Snowden says just four people were arrested over the eight day event with officers enjoying an untroubled week.
What do you think? Should the officers be booked or should they be let off the hook?