Police officer says lockdown is harmful and ‘makes her ashamed to be British’

A police officer is being investigated after saying new lockdown rules made her "ashamed to be British" in a social media rant.

Chelsea Renton claimed that she had seen first-hand that the restrictions caused more harm than good on her Instagram page.

The glamorous Glasgow-based constable said: "The UK Government is an absolute joke. The country is crumbling around us because of a virus that isn’t going anywhere so allow us to go back to normal.

"Stop putting people in lockdowns. It clearly doesn’t work. Get the country going again.

"People are dying from missed cancer treatments, transplants, suicidal rate is higher than ever.

"The recovery rate of Covid-19 far outweighs the death rate. The statistics speak for themselves."

PC Renton, who also runs events firm My Little Events Co, added: "As a police officer, I’ve spent more time in the past five months attending calls relating to mental health, people’s welfare and suicides, than calls relating to actual crime.

"I have never been more ashamed to be British and how we are allowing the most vulnerable to live out their remaining time on Earth, alone without any contact from loved ones in our care homes."

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The post, which came after Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon announced tougher restrictions, added: "Stop the bus. I want off now."

A police source said her outburst showed a "blatant disrespect" for the rules Renton is employed to enforce.

They told the Daily Record : "Here is an Instagram post of a serving Police Scotland officer.

"It is someone who is meant to be imposing the rules yet has a blatant disrespect for them."

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Renton, who is based Cathcart Police Office with four years’ service at Police Scotland, declined to comment.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "We are aware of this Instagram post, which is not reflective of Police Scotland’s views or approach.

"We will consider what further action is proportionate."

Police Scotland officers are given strict guidelines on what they can and cannot share on social media.

Last year, the force told the Sunday Mail that officers "should never reveal their personal details and under no circumstances make reference to being a police officer" or display anything which clearly shows that they work for Police Scotland.

The force’s code of ethics states that employees should act as a "positive role model in delivering a professional, impartial service, placing service to communities before my personal aims".

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