Met Police officer sacked for lying about 'on-duty' late-night parking on red route

Peter Walker
Pc Wilson was accused of parking on a red route without a reason - Sang Tan/AP

AMetropolitan Police Service officer has been sacked after allegedly lying about his late-night parking ticket.

Pc Lee Wilson, who was based in Greenwich, was dismissed for parking an unmarked police vehicle on a "red route" without a "policing reason".

A two-day hearing this week heard he applied to have a £65 penalty charge, for parking on the red line, withdrawn, and dishonestly claimed he was engaged in official police duties.

The officer, according to Police Oracle, in fact stopped to pick up a kebab.

Detective Chief Superintendent Matt Gardner, of the Directorate of Professional Standards, said: "The actions of this officer undermines public confidence in that the officer did not follow parking regulations and had no policing purpose to be where he was and then decided to be deceitful about the matter.

"His conduct has fallen below the standards of what we expect and the public deserve of their police officers. The panel were rightly justified in their decision of dismissal."

Pc Wilson was ultimately sacked without notice on Friday, for gross misconduct, after the incident at 1.55am in Blackheath Hill on May 24, 2015.

It is illegal to park, load or unload, or board and alight, a vehicle on a red line.

Pc Wilson also reportedly claimed he stopped to intervene in an argument between two men, and later, that he stopped because of a domestic dispute.

Ken Marsh, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which supports officers wrapped up in misconduct cases, refused to comment.

Separately, Hackney Pc Matthew Challis was sacked on Friday after being fined £500 at Thames Magistrates' Court for allegedly  failing to declare nine penalty points - in order to obtain an insurance certificate - accrued over a four-year period.

A disciplinary hearing last month ruled that Met Police officers who delayed a 999 call to go to McDonald's will likely keep their jobs.

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