Erith policeman relieved of driving duties after Sydenham pensioner garden smash (From News Shopper)
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Erith policeman relieved of driving duties after Sydenham pensioner garden smash
A POLICEMAN whose car smashed into a Sydenham pensioner's garden has been relieved of his driving duties, the Met has said.
It follows an accident last August at Kirkdale, Sydenham, where 77-year-old Eileen Lee's garden was decimated by a cop car.
Ms Lee's family say the shock left her trapped in a Second World War timewarp, unable to hear a bang without thinking bombs were dropping.
Christopher French, a serving officer based at Catford, appeared at Bexley Magistrates' Court last month and admitted driving without due care and attention whilst driving a marked police vehicle.
The 28-year-old, of Colyers Lane, Erith, was also fined £305 and given three penalty points on his driving licence.
He has been relieved of his driving duties while a formal misconduct review by the Met's Directorate of Professional Standards takes place.
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