There was huge embarassment - not to mention a monumental waste of valuable police resources - at Plough Green on Saturday as the Met's finest managed to get their not-so-mobile police office stuck in the wet grass. Thankfully it was all captured on camera by blog reader JH.
After a morning stationed on Plough Green, the community policing PR exercise descended into farce as the mobile police office found itself unable to get back on the road.
Around a dozen police officers and their 2 traffic cars, 1 unmarked police car and a police 4x4 were diverted from important crime fighting duties to spend almost an hour and a half rescuing the hapless police vehicle.
It would be comical were it not such a shameful waste of taxpayers' money.
Why, when there are recovery services who could probably have done the job in a third of the time, were all these valuable police resources tied up just to get a van out of the grass?
Looks like somebody needs to review their policing priorities!