Sgt Molly Edwards and PC Richard Paton, both of Surrey Police and married with children, ignored a call to attend a hospital after there was a serious assault outside a nightclub
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Two police officers ignored call-outs to a hospital and a burglary to have sex in their police car while on duty.
Sgt Molly Edwards and lover PC Richard Paton’s affair was discovered after suspicious bosses bugged the vehicle.
A disciplinary panel heard Paton, 39, was heard moaning “aww, let’s just get naked”, after an urgent 4.51am radio request for assistance at an electrical store burglary.
The Sun reports the police officers, who are both married with children, had ignored a 4.17am call to attend a hospital to deal with two victims of a serious assault outside a nightclub.
They were parked up 15 minutes away from the hospital having sex, at the time, an independent disciplinary board heard.
John Bassett, panel chairman, said in an adjudication report: “It is evident from the transcripts of what occurred after the call that sexual activity continued.”
Secret recordings in the patrol car were captured and played to the panel which heard the officers, based in Surrey Heath, discussing their sexual fantasies, according to The Sun.
The report said their sexual activity “clearly involved the removal of some of their clothing, kissing,” the exposure of her breasts and him pleasuring her.
Both officers resigned from Surrey Police before last month’s tribunal, which went ahead in their absence.
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The panel found four allegations of gross misconduct were proven and said both would have been sacked if still in the job.
On the first count, the pair were alleged to have “engaged in sexual activity whilst on duty in a police vehicle in a public space” between June and September 2019.
Edwards, believed to be in her late 30s, and Paton denied having full intercourse.
The female sergeant insisted sexual activity only took place over two days while the car was bugged.
Before tendering her resignation, she wrote of their affair: “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.”
The panel concluded there was not enough evidence to prove the affair had lasted three months, but ruled it started at least three weeks beforehand.
The second charge referred to them failing to attend calls-outs at Frimley Park Hospital and Currys in Woking.
Edwards claimed they could not attend the hospital as they had dealt with the nightclub assaults earlier and there was a risk of evidence being contaminated.
But the panel ruled they did not want sex to be interrupted.
Mr Bassett’s report described the matter as “a serious dereliction of duty” that “would be considered as outrageous” by the public.
Edwards and Paton were also accused of misleading their boss over rumours of the affair and PC Paton was heard making a racist comment about an Asian colleague.
Surrey Police said both officers breached Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of discreditable conduct, honesty and integrity.
The panel was told Edwards had been an excellent officer.
She was awarded a Divisional Commendation in 2015 for her “valiant actions” tackling a violent drunk stealing food from a Guildford restaurant.