‘Drunk’ off-duty female PC who faces the sack ‘after urinating in Urban Outfitters fitting room’ weeps as boss tells gross misconduct tribunal how she is an ‘excellent’ police officer
- Pc Amelia Shearer, of Cleveland Police, is accused of gross misconduct
- She allegedly urinated in an Urban Outfitters changing room in York
- The retailer had to pay £492 to have the cubicle professionally cleaned
- Pc Shearer denies urinating in the store and lying to her inspector afterwards
A police officer who is facing the sack after allegedly urinating in a clothes shop fitting room while off-duty and drunk, cried after her boss called her an ‘excellent officer’.
Pc Amelia Shearer, of Cleveland Police, reportedly left a pool of urine on the floor of an Urban Outfitters just minutes after being told their were no toilets for customers.
Shen then told Inspector Christian Duree she was ’embarrassed’ and ‘mortified’ about the accusation over a phone call but denied it took place.
She is accused of gross misconduct over the alleged incident, which is said to have happened at the retailers in York when she was socialising with a friend last September.
The shop had to pay £492 to have the cubicle professionally cleaned while all the store’s nine fitting rooms had to be closed, a disciplinary hearing at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium heard.
Pc Shearer denies urinating in the store and lying to her boss afterwards.
Pc Amelia Shearer, of Cleveland Police, is accused of gross misconduct following the alleged incident, which is said to have happened at Urban Outfitters in York (pictured) when she was socialising with a friend
Inspector Christian Duree told the hearing that Pc Shearer telephoned him the following day, a Sunday, to tell him about the allegation.
He said: ‘Amelia was upset, crying down the phone to me, she was embarrassed, in her own words “mortified”.’
He said the probationer told him she had been drinking and socialising in York and she had been stopped by a police officer who said she was alleged to have urinated in the Urban Outfitters changing room.
‘She told me she had been in the shop and had been in the cubicle to try clothes on.
‘She was adamant she had not urinated in the changing room.’
A disciplinary hearing at Middlesbrough’s Riverside Stadium (pictured) is ongoing and is expected to conclude on Wednesday
Mr Duree said that, during the 15-minute call, Pc Shearer admitted being drunk while in York but said she had not been disorderly and had not been arrested.
Pc Shearer wept when her barrister, Joan Smith, asked Mr Duree, who had been in charge of her development for a year, for his opinion of her.
He said: ‘From my experience as a police officer she has been absolutely spot-on, an excellent officer.
‘She deals with members of the public exceptionally well.
‘Her performance as a probationer was excellent.’
On Monday, Olivia Checa-Dover, for the force, said Pc Shearer initially told her inspector she had been trying on clothes in the cubicle, but that account was wrong, and she now said she had gone in to adjust her bra.
Previously, sales associate Ryan Weir, who was staffing the fitting rooms that afternoon, told the hearing he called a manager on the radio for help.
Team leader Nicole Bean arrived and, when Pc Shearer opened the door some minutes later, they saw there was a puddle of what smelled like urine on the floor of the changing room, Mr Weir said.
The hearing was told that Pc Shearer ‘made a quick exit’ – but Mr Weir spotted her later, once his shift had finished, in a nearby bar.
A police officer on duty that day was called to the store and he noted a damp patch on the wooden floor, but he was not sure what it was as he had not regained his sense of smell after having Covid, the panel was told.
Ms Checa-Dova invited the disciplinary panel to find that the liquid found in the fitting room was urine and that Pc Shearer was responsible.
She said it was ‘just not likely’ the staff members would have lied about the situation and it would be ‘bizarre’ if they were mistaken.
She added that there were ‘members of staff who were sober and an officer who was not’.
The hearing continues.
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