Friday 19 January 2018

'People couldn't believe what they were seeing': police investigate claims woman officer had sex on balcony at city centre bar

Serving woman officer and retired officer had sex at the Rain Bar in central Manchester, according to complaints received by Greater Manchester Police

The bar where the incident occurred
The bar where the incident occurred

David Barrett

A police force is investigating claims that a serving woman officer had sex on the balcony of a city centre bar during a party.

Several formal complaints have been made about the incident at a Manchester bar earlier this month.

Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said its Professional Standards Branch, which investigates alleged misconduct, is carrying out an assessment.

It has been claimed the officer had sex with a former officer at the Rain Bar in the city's Great Bridgewater Street.

A room was being used for a reunion of serving and retired officers from the the South Manchester division.

One witness, a serving officer, said: "It was in the room upstairs, which was hired for a private function.

"There is a balcony by the side of the bar, with an all-glass window looking onto it.

"Two officers at the bar were all over each other. Then they went outside onto the balcony.

"While they were having sex, a member of the bar staff went outside to collect glasses and must have seen them.

"It was seen by a large number of people. One group had a look and then another.

"People could not believe what they were seeing."

He added: "When the man came back into the room he said 'I hope you all enjoyed that'."

The reunion on February 12 was attended by about 60 people and the sexual incident was said to have taken place at about 11pm.

In a statement the force said: "GMP's Professional Standards Branch has received information regarding an incident at a city centre bar.

"Officers are carrying out an assessment, which includes speaking to bar staff and people present at the event as well as viewing CCTV footage, to establish if anything occurred that would require further investigation.

"While there is no evidence of this incident occurring at this stage, we would encourage anyone who witnessed anything that could be relevant to call professional standards.

"We expect our officers and staff to uphold the highest professional and personal standards, even when off duty, and if this incident is proved to have happened it would be completely unacceptable.

"That is why we are continuing to make a number of enquiries and will take appropriate action if it becomes necessary."

The spokesman refused to clarify whether a specific officer had been named in compliants.

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