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Friday, 8 February, 2002, 14:44 GMT
Police chief quits over urinating shame
Chief Superintendent Kevin Pitt outside Lithuanian court
Mr Pitt, left, had 30 years service as a policeman
A senior policeman has resigned after being arrested for urinating against the wall of the Presidential Palace in Lithuania.

Chief Superintendent Kevin Pitt, from Cleveland Police, said it was the "only honourable option" following the incident.

His actions came to light after he was spotted on CCTV relieving himself in the Lithuanian capital of Vilnius.

Mr Pitt, who served in the police for 30 years, was on a visit to the country to advise on the training of anti-corruption investigators.

Kevin Pitt caught on film
Mr Pitt's relief angered Lithuanians

In a statement, Mr Pitt, 49, said: "It was a grave error of judgement which has caused embarrassment to me, my family and Cleveland Police.

"Throughout more than 30 years of police service my yardsticks have been honesty and integrity.

"As a result of this isolated incident I feel I have no choice but to offer my resignation with immediate effect and apologise to all for the embarrassment I have caused."

Mr Pitt arrived back in Cleveland late on Thursday and immediately contacted the force's chief constable Barry Shaw to offer his resignation, which was accepted.

Presidential Palace (Photo by Dzoja Gunda Barysaite)
The Presidential Palace is an historic symbol
Cleveland Police are carrying out an inquiry into the incident and Chief Constable Barry Shaw has apologised to the Lithuanian authorities.

Mr Pitt was district commander of Stockton Police and was one of the men who led Operation Lancet - the multi-million pound investigation into alleged corruption which also led to disciplinary charges against 'Zero Tolerance' policeman Ray Mallon from Middlesbrough CID.

Mr Pitt was ordered to pay a fine of 200-litas, approximately 35, after being charged with violating public order in Lithuania.

Lithuanian police spokeswoman Liucija Boruseviciene described his offence as "an outrageous deed."

Chief Inspector Paul Rider, of Cleveland Police Federation, said: "It may be the public perception we are in a downward spiral in terms of public confidence."

The BBC's Richard Wells
"CCTV caught Superintendent Pitt urinating against the presidential palace"

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