Police officer, 43, faces misconduct listening to and the sack after being caught on a rustic stroll 20 miles from his residence throughout lockdown whereas on sick go away

  • PC Mark Lee, 43, travelled 20 miles throughout Tier 4 restrictions in December 2020
  • He visited magnificence spot Cwm Idal in Wales together with his accomplice and her autistic son 
  • PC Lee was additionally on sick go away on the time and was noticed by a fellow officer 
  • The PC was beforehand fined £600 for the breach, with £700 prosecution prices
  • He now faces a disciplinary listening to and may lose his job after 12 years service










A police officer is dealing with the sack for happening a mountain hike 20 miles from his residence whereas on sick go away and in breach of Covid restrictions.

Mark Lee, 43, travelled to Cwm Idwal in Snowdonia, north Wales, together with his accomplice and her autistic little one on December 29, 2020, when Wales was an Alert Tier 4 space.

However he was noticed by a sergeant colleague at a petroleum station on his day-trip jaunt.

PC Lee, who had served as a police officer for 12 years, was beforehand fined £600 at Llandudo Magistrates Courtroom after pleading responsible to being away from his residence, which was then in Colwyn Bay, with out a cheap excuse. 

The officer, who was additionally landed with £700 prosecution prices, is now dealing with a misconduct listening to for his day trip. 

PC Mark Lee, pictured, arriving at Llandudno Magistrates Court for a hearing in July last year

PC Mark Lee, pictured, arriving at Llandudno Magistrates Courtroom for a listening to in July final 12 months

PC Mark Lee, 43, pictured leaving court after his sentencing last October, when he was fined £600 with £700 prosecution costs

PC Mark Lee, 43, pictured leaving court docket after his sentencing final October, when he was fined £600 with £700 prosecution prices

PC Lee traveled 20 miles with his partner and her son from their home in Colwyn Bay to Cwm Idal in December 2020, when Wales was in Tier 4 restrictions

PC Lee traveled 20 miles together with his accomplice and her son from their residence in Colwyn Bay to Cwm Idal in December 2020, when Wales was in Tier 4 restrictions

Throughout his court docket case, PC Lee of Trefor, Porthmadog, claimed he was unaware of the restrictions that had come into drive and had been on sick go away.

Prosecutor Helen Corridor stated: ‘There have been loads of different open areas the place he may have exercised. Ignorance of the legislation is not any defence.’

However Richard Orme, defending Lee, said: ‘It beggars perception that we’ve got a police officer who has served the locality and members of he public to the most effective of his potential with decency and candour.

‘It’s to his credit score that he is somebody who has pleaded responsible to breaching coronavirus rules by strolling within the flawed place. It is a mightily courageous responsible plea earlier than this court docket right this moment.

‘He is conscious that domestically and nationally officers have issued tickets for breaches.  He readily accepts that he should abide by the rules too.’

PC Lee is now set to face a misconduct listening to at North Wales Police headquarters in Colwyn Bay on Thursday.

It’s alleged he breached the ‘requirements {of professional} behaviour regarding discreditable conduct which constitutes gross misconduct’.

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