By Jack Wright For Mailonline
Published: 10:27 BST, 3 September 2020 | Updated: 10:27 BST, 3 September 2020
A police officer who once starred in a crime-fighting TV documentary has been unmasked as a paedophile who tried to groom children online.
PC Lee Tatton, 54, appeared on UKTV's fly-on-the-wall documentary Cops UK: Bodycam Squad as a response officer covering Hanley in 2016.
But the Staffordshire Police officer's career now lies in ruins after he admitted a number of child sex offences at Birmingham Crown Court this week.
At the time he was nicknamed Tatts and was filmed rescuing people from a flat fire and breaking up a pub brawl in Stoke by camera crews.
He was arrested in December last year while dealing with minor crime for the Northern Resolution Centre by his own force's Operation Safenet team.
PC Lee Tatton, 54, appeared on UKTV's fly-on-the-wall documentary Cops UK: Bodycam Squad as a response officer covering Hanley in 2016
The dedicated unit is tasked with looking into online child abuse to protect vulnerable young people from perverts and padeophiles.
Tatton was immediately suspended from duty by