Sheffield police officers missed clap for carers due to drink-driver three times over limit

Police officers were unable to take part in the clap for the NHS even in Sheffield this week because of a drink driver.

Saturday, 25th April 2020, 9:56 am
Updated Monday, 27th April 2020, 12:45 pm

The Deepcar team had planned to show their gratitude for the NHS on Thursday night in a gathering outside their station.

They were also due to use the time to remember South Yorkshire officer PC Matt Lannie, who was killed in a collision in Sheffield this week.

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Instead they had to transport a man to a police cell after he was found to be nearly three times over the drink drive limit.

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In a statement, the Sheffield North West neighbourhood policing team said: “The team at Deepcar had planned on standing together outside the nick to applaud the efforts of our NHS staff, and also with the flag at half-mast to recognise the ultimate sacrifice made by our colleague this week.

“Instead they were driving a man to custody, who was found to have been driving while nearly three times over the legal limit.

“Please stay at home, protect our NHS and do not drink and drive.”

Under lockdown laws people can only leave their homes for food, exercise once a day, medical supplies and appointments and for essential travel to work.

The lockdown measures are set to be reviewed again by the government on May 7.

Police officers have been granted additional power to enforce the lockdown rules in a bid to help prevent the spread of coronavirus.