Snow Patrol

A group of Thames Valley Police officers have been given a telling off, after being filmed sledging, using a riot shield, while on-duty.

They were spotted in the Boars Hill area of Oxford on Tuesday 12 January, and the footage has since been posted on YouTube.

Rick Latham, who placed the clip on the video sharing website, has been telling Heart: "They were passing by and stopped to have a chat. They asked what the snow was like. I thought they were going to tell us to stop using our kayak but they had a couple of goes on a shield, and were on their way.

"It was all very good natured. Nice to see some proper interaction with the public!"

Oxford police commander Superintendent Andrew Murray said:

"The snow has a habit of bringing out the child in all of us. I have spoken to the officers concerned and reminded them in no uncertain terms that tobogganing on duty, on police equipment and at taxpayers' expense is a very bad idea should they wish to progress under my command."

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