Lancashire Police respond to footage showing officers kissing in Tesco car park
Two Lancashire Police officers have been forced to apologise after they were filmed kissing each other in a Tesco car park.
The two officers were filmed kissing by a shopper who spotted their romantic encounter taking place in the car park of the Tesco Superstore in Blackburn on Friday, April 2.
Lancashire Police has confirmed that one of the officers was off-duty at the time, but says the pair have been spoken to about their conduct. Both officers have since apologised.
Footage shared by the Daily Mail appears to show the on-duty police officer in uniform seated inside his patrol car whilst his off-duty colleague leans through the window for a kiss.
She had pulled up next to his patrol car in her own vehicle and appears to still be wearing her police boots and trousers.
To the shock of one shopper parked nearby, who filmed the encounter, the female officer then joins her colleague inside his patrol car where the two allegedly remained for around 20 minutes.
"It just didn't feel right," said the man who filmed the rendezvous on his phone.
"They were kissing in the car - their faces were colliding. They were sat in the car for about 20 minutes, laughing and joking and kissing.
"It annoyed me. I don't think they should be doing it on police time, even if he was on his lunch break. It looks bad."
What has Lancashire Police said about the footage?
Lancashire Police described it as an 'isolated incident' and said both officers have apologised for their conduct. The force added that it now considers the "matter closed".
A police spokesman said: "Lancashire Constabulary appreciates the impact social media videos can have on public confidence.
"This was an isolated incident involving one off duty and one on duty police officer.
"The officers have since been spoken to and apologised for their conduct and understand how this may have been interpreted, the matter is now closed."