Drunk police officer ‘urinated in clothes shop changing room’ hearing told

Cleveland Police officer PC Amelia Shearer is accused of urinating in changing rooms in Urban Outfitters. Picture: THE NORTHERN ECHO/GOOGLE
Cleveland Police officer PC Amelia Shearer is accused of urinating in changing rooms in Urban Outfitters. Picture: THE NORTHERN ECHO/GOOGLE

A drunken off duty police officer is facing the sack after she allegedly relieved herself in the changing rooms of clothes shop during a boozy trip to York.

PC Amelia Shearer is accused of leaving a pool of urine on the wooden floor of the changing rooms in Urban Outfitters just minutes after she asked if the company had any customer toilets.

The officer was shopping and drinking with her friend on September 11 last year when she was caught short at around 3.30pm.

A Cleveland Police disciplinary panel heard how the young officer ignored being told there was no toilets and headed into a changing cubicle instead.

Shop worker Ryan Weir told the panel he was ‘quite shocked’ by the situation when the officer came out of the cubicle and quickly left the city centre shop.

Giving evidence, he said: “Once she had left the changing room there was a large wet patch on the floor – it had seeped into the wood.

“Visually, you couldn’t tell anything but there was a strong smell coming off it – it smelled of urine.”

The Northern Echo: Urban Outfitters, York. Picture: GOOGLE
The Northern Echo: Urban Outfitters, York. Picture: GOOGLE

Urban Outfitters, York. Picture: GOOGLE

Joan Smith, representing the police officer, asked why he had not attempted to stop her client from leaving the store if he saw the pool of urine on the floor.

The witness said he was ‘too shocked’ to confront the woman but spotted her sitting drinking in a nearby bar when he finished work and told his colleagues where police would be able to find her.

He added: “I was quite shocked by the situation to be honest. I wasn’t quite sure what to say.”

Mr Weir’s supervisor, Nicole Bean, said the woman rushed past them both before leaving the shop ‘hastily’.

She said Ms Shearer’s friend was also asked to leave the busy shop as she was in an inebriated state in another department and looking for her missing friend.

Ms Bean said the changing rooms were closed for three days while ‘biohazard’ deep clean was carried out, leaving the business £492 out of pocket.

The officer is alleged to have breached the Standards of Professional Behaviour in respect of Discreditable Conduct.

It is alleged she behaved in a manner resulting in damage being caused to a changing room of a retail store causing financial and operational inconvenience and loss, and Honesty and Integrity.

The force website says that PC Shearer then provided an account of the incident to her supervision that she knew or ought to have known was inaccurate.

The officer denies both offences and is expected to give her submissions tomorrow.

The disciplinary hearing continues.

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