AN undercover cop “chased” HIMSELF round streets for more than 20 minutes after a bungling CCTV operator mistook him for a suspect.
The rookie policeman was staking out a burglary-hit area when the operator radioed in that he’d seen someone acting suspiciously.
He directed the cop, who works for Sussex Police, as he followed the “suspect” on camera — assuring the pursuing officer he was “hot on his heels”.
But the operator had not realised the “burglar” he was watching was actually the cop himself. And the daft one-man chase continued until a sergeant entered the CCTV control room and pointed out the operator’s mistake.
The blunder, which happened last month, was revealed in Police Federation magazine Police this week after a senior cop relayed the story to the mag. He said: “The operator had the suspect on camera and everywhere he saw him the keen PC was on his heels.
“Then the sergeant pointed out that the CCTV operator was unaware he was a plain-clothed police officer — thus the PC had been chasing himself.”
Sussex Police said yesterday they were made aware of the incident by reading the mag. A spokesman said they “had a laugh”, but could give no further details.
Has having cameras everywhere reduced crime? Why not just fit everyone in the UK with a remote controlled bomb? Then the police there could just explode any criminals without having to chase them.