'Kebab-eating' police officer went missing on shift

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PC Musgrave was stationed at March Police Station

A police officer accused of going missing on duty and eating a kebab while concerned colleagues searched for him will face a misconduct hearing.

It is alleged PC Richard Musgrave went missing from March Police Station in Cambridgeshire on 31 July last year.

Unsuccessful attempts were made to contact him before, having allegedly stopped for a kebab, he resumed radio contact and returned.

A Cambridgeshire Police misconduct hearing will begin on 3 January.

PC Musgrave has been accused of breaching professional standards and will face a four-day hearing in Peterborough.

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It is not known what type of kebab PC Musgrave is alleged to have eaten while on shift

It is alleged officers were despatched to the industrial estate in the Hundred Road area on emergency response "as a result of concerns about PC Musgrave's welfare".

A police misconduct hearing agenda said: "When asked where he had been, PC Musgrave told the Sergeant that he had been on a burglary patrol on the industrial estate, his watch had stopped, his ear piece had come out of his radio and his mobile was on silent."

More than a week later it is alleged PC Musgrave "dishonestly" told the sergeant he had in fact "fallen asleep" at the industrial estate.

It is also alleged that he had used a marked police vehicle to take a woman, who he had earlier seen drinking in a group at a Weatherspoon pub in March, and her friends to another friend's home.

The force alleges his actions amount to gross misconduct.

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