Police officer who had just spent hours with heartbroken family after baby's sudden death met with angry note on car windscreen

A police officer who had just spent several hours with a heartbroken family following the sudden death of a baby was met with an angry note on his car windscreen by a member of the public.

A police officer who had just spent several hours with a heartbroken family following the sudden death of a baby was met with an angry note on his car windscreen by a member of the public.

The officer, who had stopped at a Tesco store to get a sandwich after his shift, was horrified to discover a note on his patrol car stating: "£100 fine for shopping on duty".

The police officer, who uses the Twitter handle @NorthWestCop took to social media to express his disbelief at the note, on Monday.

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He tweeted: "Just left Tesco. Handwritten note on the windscreen of my patrol car. '£100 fine for shopping on duty'. If only I could tell the person who wrote it that I have just spent the last 7 hours at the sudden death of a baby. I'd bought a sandwich. We're not robots. #BeKind #WoundUp"

The tweet, which has been shared hundreds of times, has been met with anger and disbelief by emergency service workers across Yorkshire.

West Yorkshire Police Inspector Steve Hunter said: "The public sometimes really shock me.

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"It is an incredibly challenging job for many reasons including tragic incidents like this but actually even if the officer has had an 'easy' shift they are entitled to eat."

Luke Derbyshire, a Community First Responder for the Yorkshire Ambulance Service also voiced his support for the officer.

He said: "It irritates me so much.

"Aside from any tragic incidents attended, people need to remember that officers and other emergency service workers are human - they need to eat, drink and sometimes take a minute."