Cop who Jessie Wallace kneed in groin QUITS after she is let off with slap on wrist after failing to apologise to him

Cop who Jessie Wallace kneed in groin QUITS after she is let off with slap on wrist after failing to apologise to him

A COP who was allegedly attacked by Jessie Wallace outside a nightclub has quit after police chiefs let the EastEnders star off with a slap on the wrist.

The drunk actress, who plays Kat Slater in the BBC soap, grappled with officers, telling the PC to “f*** off you fat c***”.

Jessie Wallace was arrested outside the Flex nightclub in Suffolk and later let off
Jessie Wallace was arrested outside the Flex nightclub in Suffolk and later let offCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Footage appeared to show Jessie kneeing an officer in the groin
Footage appeared to show Jessie kneeing an officer in the groinCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd

Footage appeared to show Jessie kneeing him in the groin as he tried to calm her down before she was arrested and hauled into a police van.

Wallace, 51, was later cautioned — against the cop’s wishes — instead of being charged with assaulting him.

The PC was further upset when she failed to write a letter of apology to him — a condition of her caution last June.

She was given 16 weeks to send the note but missed the deadline.

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Suffolk Police granted her a further four weeks — but she still failed to deliver.

And despite the officer complaining that she had ignored her conditions, Jessie was told she would face “no further action’”.

It added to concerns that the soap star had received special treatment from the force for being a celebrity.

The fuming officer then quit Suffolk Police after six years in October — complaining that he felt “unsupported” and “exposed”.

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A source said: “It’s clear they put her before the cop.

“The PC would rather she had been through court and held to account — even if she walked free with no conditions — at least justice would have been done.

“The bottom-line is they have lost a good cop. The PC just felt like the force didn’t have his back.

“He believes she got away with it because she’s famous.’’

Three senior officers had separately asked the PC if he would accept Jessie getting a caution following the incident in Bury St Edmunds on June 19.

He refused, citing a believe in the “zero-tolerance” approach to police attacks — but was later told she had walked free with a caution because bosses believed court would be “dangerous” and “make them look bad.”

The Sun reported Jessie’s arrest, and also revealed shocking footage of her outburst.

She and a man with her had downed beers and wine at a Madness gig in Thetford Forest, Suffolk, before heading to Bury St Edmunds.

Jessie plays Kat Slater in hit BBC soap EastEnders
Jessie plays Kat Slater in hit BBC soap EastEndersCredit: Darren Fletcher

She entered late bar Verve at around 12.30am before moving to Flex nightclub at 1.30am.

After 30 minutes before the man was roughly thrown out by doormen. Jessie, who is 5ft 1in, followed him four minutes later before “all hell broke loose” out on the street.

She was arrested on suspicion of assaulting a police officer — an offence which, if proven in court, carries up to a year behind bars.

A source said: “The cop and all his colleagues assumed she would be prosecuted — with all the bodycam evidence and CCTV. He felt massively, massively let down.”

Following reports of the incident, there were calls for the BBC to take strong action against the star — to send out a clear message to others.

Ex-Met Commander John O’Connor said “It can’t be good for the reputation of the show.”

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Former Met Det Chief Insp Mick Neville felt she should have been suspended and made to apologise.

Tory MP Brendan Clarke-Smith said as a public figure Wallace is supposed to be “setting an example to millions of impressionable youngsters”.

Star’s raps

BBC chiefs have repeatedly suspen-ded Jessie Wallace over her antics.

In 2020 the soap star was banned for two months for being drunk on set and telling a worker: “I know you want a bit of me.”

Two months earlier she was sent home from the British Soap Awards for being so sozzled she couldn’t even stagger along the red carpet.

Jessie received a 15-month road ban for drink-driving in 2003.
In 2006, she said booze “caused her a lot of problems” and that she took drugs, including cocaine, as she struggled to cope with fame.

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