Anorak | Black And Blue: Police Row Over Who Gets To Drive The Van

Black And Blue: Police Row Over Who Gets To Drive The Van

by | 20th, February 2008

laughingpoliceman.jpg WHEN PC Aled Bartlett was given the keys to the police van, with its state-of-the-art radio, he was pleased.

A picture of PC Bartlett features in the Daily Mail, and it shows him to be a large framed man with a mop of curly hair and ruddy cheeks. Were he to laugh, it would do wonders for morale and the advancement of community policing.

PC Byron Emerson-Thomas is not laughing. It is said he is a “bit upset”

The source of the upset is not PC Byron’s name, rather his car, which is a panda car with blue feminine-shaped light and limited power.

As prosecutor Mark Spackman tells Newport Crown Court: “This was a petty dispute or squabble about who was going to drive the police van that night.”

It is alleged that PC Emerson-Thomas did punch PC Bartlett in the arm, causing his tea to spill. Bartlett says he reached for the paper towels. PC Emerson-Thomas is said to have used the towels to “wipe the tea down his colleague’s arm” and face.

“Boys leave it there,” says a voice. But no. PC Emerson-Thomas is said to have punched PC Bartlett in the head, causing a cut that required eight stitches.

PC Bartlett admits to

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