Jelly babies and jokes: TV show reveals how South Yorkshire PCs found love on the beat
A police reality television show filmed in South Yorkshire has revealed how two constables found love on the beat.
Last night’s episode of 999: What’s Your Emergency? introduced viewers to PCs Tabitha Rumney and Pete Ellard – and revealed how the pair have been dating for more than a year after initially being pitched together as colleagues.
Love blossomed while they were on shifts in their patrol car across South Yorkshire – with the show revealing that Tabitha often feeds jelly babies to Pete while they are on their way to emergency incidents.
The pair were also seen swapping jokes as they were dispatched to deal with a break-in at flats in Rotherham town centre.
Pc Ellard told viewers: “When we’re at an incident, I don’t see her as my girlfriend, I see her as a capable police officer.
"She’s more than capable and she scares me at times. Ask her about the Rumney headlock!”
The couple were seen attending an incident near to Rotherham Minster where a group of teenage boys had broken into a property to take drugs, vandalise the building and daub walls with graffiti.
Using an affectionate nickname of ‘Tabs’, the female officer revealed to her partner how she had been punched in the face in trying to apprehend the gang.
After finding the group still at the premises, the pair attempted to make arrests, but outnumbering the duo, the the gang fled – apart from one lad who was found on the premises later after a search by PC Rumney.
It was revealed that the arrested youngster, who was taken into custody, had no previous criminal record and after writing a letter of apology to the owner of the flats, was allowed to go free – leaving behind a potential life of crime to go to university.
Pc Rumney told viewers: “You could tell he was a good kid by the way he spoke to us.
"He didn’t speak back, he showed respect.”
The show, which was filmed early last year before the coronavirus pandemic, focuses on the work of South Yorkshire Police officers dealing with emergency incidents and the force’s call handlers and how they deal with 999 calls.