PC slammed for ‘flicking’ cap on live TV while guarding Streatham crime scene

Viewers have slammed the actions of a police officer who was seen fooling around at a crime scene on live television.

Footage showed how an on-duty police officer tried to flick his cap from the back of his head and catch it as he stood guard at a police cordon in south London.

The clip came after two people were left seriously injured during a terror-related incident on Streatham High Road which saw the attacker gunned down in broad daylight.

Colleagues uploaded the Sky News footage to a Facebook page dedicated to humorous police matters and landed him in hot water.

The video captioned on UK Cop Humour read: “When you've been in the Job for three weeks (complete guess ) and decide to demonstrate how "I bet you I can catch my flat cap behind my back – watch!" skills… live on TV at the cordon of a terrorist attack.”

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Some deemed the constable's behaviour 'inappropriate' and 'unprofessional'.

One member wrote: “I’m the first to have a laugh….I think is highly unprofessional given the circumstances.

"Not only that…if there was ever a something forensically questioned at the scene etc…and that was shown to the courts…doesn’t really show you’ve been diligent guarding that scene which would leave it open to so much scrutiny.”

Another person wrote: “This is embarrassing, unprofessional and disrespectful to the enormity of what has gone on at this scene.

“I love a laugh but time and place totally inappropriate. At a road closure in the countryside – all day long.

“Scene of a terror related multiple stabbing and fatal shooting, cameras everywhere – no. Not even close.

“Worrying what else this lad thinks is acceptable.”

“Yes cordons are dull. We’ve all been there!

"However this sort of cordon needs the upmost professionalism, and this isn’t it. I’d like to think most serving officers would agree.”

Convicted terrorist Sudesh Amman was named as the culprit of the terror attack at a Boots store on the busy high street.

It emerged that the 20-year-old had been jailed for possessing and distributing terrorist documents in December 2018 and was being monitored by counterterror officers at the time of the attack.

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