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Thursday, 7 February, 2002, 14:03 GMT
Policeman urinates on palace
Presidential Palace (Photo by Dzoja Gunda Barysaite)
The Presidential Palace is an historic symbol
A Cleveland Police superintendent in Lithuania to advise on anti-corruption measures has been fined for urinating against the president's palace.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Pitt, 49, was caught in the act on a closed-circuit security camera just after midnight on Wednesday.

Mr Pitt, who was ticketed for violating public order, was one of two Cleveland officers in the country on secondment from their force and senior officers are now investigating the incident.


This is an outrageous deed... a humiliation of the office of the president

Liucija Boruseviciene

The affair, heavily covered in Lithuania's press, reportedly caused anger among many citizens.

Lithuanian police spokeswoman Liucija Boruseviciene said: "This is an outrageous deed... a humiliation of the office of the president."

Mr Pitt was ordered to pay a fine of 200-litas, approximately 35.

He said he would appeal against the decision by an administrative court in the former Soviet republic.

He told Lithuania's M-1 radio he did not know at the time that the wall in old town Vilnius, the capital, was part of the president's palace.

Second arrest

"I had no intention of insulting the state of Lithuania," he said.

Ms Boruseviciene said a second Briton was with Mr Pitt but that security had arrived "before he could get his flies down" and so he was not ticketed.

British Embassy spokeswoman Mida Babiliene said Mr Pitt and the other Briton were consulting Lithuania's Special Investigations Service, a state anti-corruption unit, and were funded by EU aid money.

Mr Pitt is the former senior investigating officer of Operation Lancet, a police inquiry into the former head of Middlesbrough CID, Ray Mallon.

Mr Mallon is currently the subject of an internal disciplinary hearing in the town, which arose as a result of Operation Lancet.


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