Police officers get final warnings for delayed response to 999 call to woman found hanged in Poplar

Met Police delayed 999 response

Met Police delayed 999 response - Credit: MPS

Two police officers have been given final written warnings today for “breaching professional behaviour standards” in delaying response to a 999 call after a 22-year-old woman was found hanged in her home in London’s East End.

Pcs Gavin Bateman and Tony Stephenson stopped to buy cups of tea at McDonald’s by the Bow roundabout before responding to a call to a house in two miles away Poplar.

They were at a two-day public disciplinary hearing yesterday and today on allegations that they had breached standards of professional behaviour, which were proven as ‘misconduct’ only, on their previous admissions, Scotland Yard has confirmed

They were responding to a call after midnight on April 16, 2015, to check on the welfare of Fahima Begum, feared suicidal, when the London Ambulance Service couldn’t get an answer at the door.

But Miss Begum was already dead, found hanged in her home. A Poplar Coroner’s inquest later found she had committed suicide before the 999 call made by her boyfriend.

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