Officer ignored 999 calls when he was with lover

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A high-response police driver ignored emergency calls while having sex at his lover's house, a court heard today.

Tim Reid. 41, of Widnes, Cheshire, was guilty of "complete foolishness" as he neglected his duties in favour of his desires, a judge said.



On one occasion the married father-of-one failed to respond to an incident in which a man was threatening to throw a petrol bomb.



The former officer with Cheshire Constabulary walked free from court today after he received a nine-month jail term, suspended for 12 months.



Reid began the affair in March 2009 with Michelle Harper two months after he was called to her address where a firearm was recovered and her boyfriend was arrested.



Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard the serving officer of 15 years felt sorry for her when the boyfriend stripped the house and so he went round with a TV and DVD player.



He then gave her his mobile phone number which led to him sending 216 flirtatious text messages to her while on duty over a two-month period.



Reid, of Beckenham Close, said he had sex with her on up to six occasions at her house while he parked his marked car outside.



Julian Hayhoe, prosecuting, said one text sent read: "I fancied you from the start. You have a great smile. Your eyes light up and have a naughty glint in them. I cannot believe I have entered a naughty relationship with a witness but I do not regret a thing."



The officer also discussed the ongoing proceedings of her boyfriend's arrest, criminals he dealt with and details of imminent arrests, the prosecutor said.



The relationship came to light when a neighbour reported to police that Reid's car had been parked nearby at regular intervals during the day.



Reid continued the affair for another month as he told Miss Harper to deny to officers that they ever slept together while he was on duty.



Reid also admitted accessing the police computer system to check on an individual on behalf of Miss Harper and also falsely declaring that he knew a son of her neighbour for three years when he counter-signed his passport application.



He pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of misconduct in a public office and one count of disclosing public information.