Police officers from Plymouth’s E section emergency response team were pictured in The Sun with a headline saying, “Thin Brew Line,” sparking ridiculous controversy over a ‘tea break’.
The Sun had mentioned that the police officers were drinking tea for a whole 45 minutes at The Coffee Shack on Plymouth Hoe.
The police can clearly be seen in public, one can be seen still monitoring his radio as no doubt they all were.
Being in a public place where by residents can feel proud and safe knowing where their local bobbies are, but still on duty for the public.
They were working an eight-hour shift, why can’t they stop and have a brew? They are working on Easter Weekend, giving up their time from their families to help serve and protect all of us.
Chief Constable Andy Cooke of Merseyside Police, rightly tweeted: “Shock horror. Police officers taking a break and drinking tea. In public! Brilliant scoop. Makes you proud of the British press.”
Shock horror. Police officers taking a break and drinking tea. In public! Brilliant scoop. Makes you proud of the British press. https://t.co/xQ8WofGJHQ
— Chief Con Andy Cooke (@MerPolChiefCon) 14 April 2017
Yorkshire tea took to twitter and tweeted: “Outrage as police drink tea… In other scandals this week, a postman tied his shoelaces and some nurses ate a Twix.”
Outrage as police drink tea: https://t.co/vaCsDIa203
In other scandals this week, a postman tied his shoelaces and some nurses ate a Twix.
— Yorkshire Tea (@YorkshireTea) 15 April 2017
This rediculous story has now gone viral with police officers now sending in their tweets.
Sgt Harry Tangye tweeted in solidarity for his fellow colleagues: “Enjoying my Coffee in public with my car parked outside!! #BrewsforBlues”
— Sgt Harry Tangye (@DC_ARVSgt) 15 April 2017
— Al Jackson (@OfficerJxn) 15 April 2017
Whilst other police officers tweeted: “It’s gone international”
It’s gone international. pic.twitter.com/l0VUS4G19p
— ChairWarksPolFed (@ChairWarkPolFed) 14 April 2017
— Sean Harrison (@SeanH_999) 15 April 2017
Members of the public took to twiiter in support and respect of our brave police officers tweeting:
— Angel Kershaw (@Angel_Kershaw) 15 April 2017
— Simon Bullock (@simon_bullock) 14 April 2017
Author Mike Pannett took to twitter and tweeted with a hilarious tweet: “I’ve asked for an investigation to be carried out. My concern is, it wasn’t .@yorkshireteathe shift were drinking. Proper brews vital”
— Mike Pannett, author (@MikePannett) 14 April 2017
Photographer Wayne Perry told the BBC News when he took the pictures he thought that they would be used as a weather round-up.
A Coffee Shack spokesman said: “If anything it was good PR for the police – at least you can go up and talk to them, which you can’t if they’re passing in a patrol car.”
We should all thank the next police officer we see and buy them a brew, they are always there when we need them.