Police commissioner candidate poses next to FAKE police station in epic gaffe
A Police and Crime Commissioner candidate has committed an arresting gaffe by posing at a FAKE police station.
Georgina Hill stood outside Alnwick Police's outpost in Bailiffgate, Northumberland, to show her credentials for the £85,000-a-year job.
Writing on Facebook , the controversial independent candidate even moaned the station was "unmanned".
So she was left red-faced after discovering it is a fictional police station – mocked up for Sky One drama The Heist.
The building is in fact a former school that was retrofitted, with the real police station for the area about a mile away.
The name 'Alnwick Police' should have been a giveaway, as the local force – which she wants to lead – is called Northumbria Police.
What's more, Alnwick Police's crest is invented and the emblem for Northumbria is entirely different.
Susan Dungworth, Labour's leader on Northumberland County Council, said: “It’s a bit worrying that Georgina isn't able to tell the difference between fiction and reality.
"You don’t have to be Sherlock Holmes to know this is a film set.
"Let’s hope she hasn’t based the rest of her research for the election on TV dramas."
A by-election for Northumbria PCC will be held on July 18 after Labour's Dame Vera Baird was promoted to Victims Commissioner.
The next full election is due in less than a year's time, in May 2020.
Barrister Ms Hill, who quit the Conservative Party to become an independent in 2016, was accused of "blatant homophobia" last month after a 2012 tweet came to light.
It said: "And still nobody can come up with a good reason why 2 brothers shouldn't be allowed to marry using same arguments as pro gay marriage lot…!"
Yet she defended her comments saying: "As a debating point in a twitter debate on gay marriage back in 2012, I asked what level we should extend the principle that loved ones should be able to marry and claim the associated benefits so whether three or more people should be able to marry or brothers and sisters should be able to marry to avoid inheritance tax. It really is as simple as that."
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