Police officer who starred in crime-fighting documentary unmasked as paedophile

A police officer who starred in a crime-fighting documentary has been unmasked as a paedophile.

PC Lee Tatton, 54, was shadowed by a camera crew for Cops UK: Bodycam Squad to give viewers an insight into the job.

The former response officer, nicknamed Tatts, made a number of appearances on the show, during which he helped rescue people from a flat fire and broke up a street fight outside a pub.

But his career now lies in ruin after he admitted a string of child sex offences at Birmingham Crown Court. He faces a possible jail term when sentenced in November.

Production company Raw Cut spent several weeks following Tatton and his fellow officers while out dealing with a range of incidents.

During one episode he was seen being accidentally pepper-sprayed by a colleague while arresting one of the suspects involved in the pub brawl in Stoke city centre.

It was hoped the programme – on UKTV’s Really channel – would give the public an insight into the work done by Staffordshire Police.

Speaking when the show premiered in 2016, Tatton said: ‘It was put to our shift about the camera crews coming out with us and I was happy to volunteer.

‘After a while it became second nature explaining to them what we were dealing with.

‘I hope it will give people an insight into what we do and the things we have to deal with at 4am and 5am when most people are tucked up in bed.’

Tatton was also pictured in the press dismantling a cannabis factory in Cobridge in 2008.

A later role would see him move to the Northern Resolution Centre – set up to deal with minor crime.

It was while working there in December last year that he was arrested following an investigation by his own force’s Operation Safenet team.

The dedicated unit is tasked with looking into online child abuse to protect vulnerable young people from perverts like Tatton.

He was immediately suspended from duty and remains on suspension subject to an internal force hearing.

Tatton, whose address was not disclosed, pleaded guilty to attempting to engage in sexual communication with a child and four counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child.

He will be sentenced on November 2.

Assistant Chief Constable Scott Green said: ‘Tatton’s actions are unacceptable and have caused harm and distress to the very people we should be protecting and keeping safe.

‘His actions fell well below the high standards that the public and the force demands and expects of police officers.’

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