Cheshire police officer arrested after car is taken and crashed


Staff reporter (Chester First)

AN OFFICER has been arrested after allegedly stealing a Cheshire police car and crashing it into the gates of the constabulary headquarters.

The Leader understands the officer is PC Kevin Szabo, 39, who is on leave from Cheshire Police through ill health and was also involved in a six hour stand-off in Prestatyn on Monday.

A police car was allegedly taken from the Ellesmere Port Station yesterday at about 10.25am where PC Szabo is based. It was later crashed into a gate at Cheshire Constabulary’s Winsford HQ building where a 39-year-old man was arrested for theft of a vehicle and taken for questioning.

On Monday five police cars and two riot vans attended an incident in Prestatyn with a cordon being put up around Trevor Road. The incident came to an end after specialist negotiators managed to convince the officer to leave the property.

North Wales Police later said no further action would be taken as no criminal offence had been committed.

Helen King, deputy chief constable for Cheshire Police, said yesterday: “Today the officer was able to take possession of a police car and drive it to the force headquarters at Winsford where he was arrested.

“The incident was professionally managed to ensure the public and members of staff were not put at risk. Nobody suffered any injuries, although minor damage was caused to the police car. The investigation is ongoing.

“The constabulary provides extensive help and support to officers and staff through line managers, the occpational health unit, help lines, the Police Federation and Unison, recognising the demanding and stressful nature of police work.

“The support available, together with the security of police premises and property, are being reviewed as a result of today’s incident.”

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