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PCs who visited McDonald's before 999 call given final warning

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Two police officers who had a cup of tea at McDonald's before responding to calls to check on a suicidal woman have been given final warnings.

PCs Gavin Bateman and Tony Stephenson drove to the fast food restaurant and then carried out "administrative tasks" instead of going straight to the call.

The Met Police officers took nearly 40 minutes to arrive after accepting the emergency call in east London.

Fahima Begum, 22, was found hanged at her home in Poplar in April 2015.

She had sent a suicidal text message to a friend who then called 999.

An inquest into her death found she had killed herself before the emergency call was made.

On Monday, the officers, who are based in Tower Hamlets, admitted misconduct but denied gross misconduct at a two-day Met Police misconduct hearing.

The panel ruled that the PCs had breached standards of professional behaviour in respect of their "duties and responsibilities" and that they were guilty of misconduct.

They were given final written warnings.

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