A metropolitan police officer killed a 61 year old lady in Bromley last year while driving a patrol car. The circumstances do not make for good reading at all.
P.C. Malcolm Searles, 24 years old, crashed into the lady after driving at 100mph through the streets of south east London. He was using blue lights and sirens. So what? you might think, an unfortunate accident happening during an emergency response.
But no. The 'emergency' he was on at these speeds was to deliver, wait for it, a BIRTHDAY CARD.
He has now pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sacked from the force.
(All the details are on BBC ceefax).
Words fail me here.