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Police hit back at Twitter user who posted pic of cops having coffee break during busy shift

A Twitter user tried to shame two Officers on a break in Manchester's city centre Photo: MEN Media

A police chief hit back at a Twitter user who criticised two of his officers for taking a coffee break during a busy shift on social media.

A coffee shop customer shared an image of two police officers enjoying a sit-down and a hot drink in a Cafe Nero branch in Manchester on Twitter.

A message with the tweet read:

“Always good to see @GMPCityCentre hard at work....#caffenero.”

– A Twitter user tried to shame Officers on a break in Cafe Nero

Greater Manchester Police’s City Centre team posted a response on Facebook and described how the officers had been on their feet all day tackling crime in the city.

One of the police officers recently gave first aid to a man whose face was slashed, while the PCSO works ten hour shifts on his feet every day, they said.

The message, written by Inspector Phil Spurgeon, said:

Thankfully, the vast majority are happy to see our staff and understand that taking a break in public means we can still respond to stuff, and continue to engage with our communities. It’s only a handful that take sneaky pictures like this and unfairly criticise. “For info, that’s PCSO B. He’ll be on his feet all day during a 10 hour shift, helping people and dealing with anti-social behaviour across the city centre, but focussing on Chinatown and the surrounding areas. “He’s with PC S. He’s on his feet all day too, dealing with ASB and crime, and saving lives. Last weekend he gave first aid to a man who had his face slashed from the edge of his mouth to his ear. “Recently, he gave CPR to a man and saved his life. PC S is modest about his work; he didn’t tell us about saving the man’s life - the paramedic did, and so did the man’s daughter who wrote to us and said thanks for saving her dad’s life. “If you see our staff and they’re not keeping to the high standards you and I expect, we have no issue with fair criticism and we’ll deal with that. "But if they’re just taking a well earned break, and doing that in the public eye, please give them the support they need, even if that’s just saying hi.”

– Inspector Phil Spurgeon, Greater Manchester Police
Inspector Spurgeon replied to the tweet with this statement on GMP City Centre's Twitter account Credit: MEN Media
Inspector Spurgeon spoke out following a tweet that tried to shame his colleagues Credit: MEN Media

Inspector Spurgeon said since he published the message there has been an overwhelming show of support towards the officers from the public.

Natalie Fiona commented:

Well said. Some shifts are done with no break. Officers also have to give their first 30 minutes of their shift unpaid in service to HM.

“Makes me really angry to see that some take our officers for granted and think they’re not human beings who need to eat and drink like the rest of us.”

– Natalie Fiona, Twitter user

Another Twitter user said:

“Well said Inspector, and well done to the officers for their commitment. They are entitled to return to the station, and take a refreshment break out of the public domain. “The fact they choose to take it in the public domain, where they are accessible is a mark of their commitment.”

– Twitter user

Greater Manchester Police's City Centre Twitter account has now tweeted a message of thanks following an outpouring of support from the public for the officers.

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