A police officer says he "felt cruel" for giving a mum and her daughter a fine for going to the beach for a walk.

Katy Teer had been out with her young daughter when she was stopped and given a fine by cops.

While on her way to the destination in January, a police officer stopped her car and handed her a fine and caution.

She had been driving with her five-year-old daughter Darcy from her home in Walton to Crosby Beach.

The 34-year-old was told her fine would arrive in the post a few days later but Merseyside Police confirmed on Thursday that the officer had reconsidered and she wouldn't be fined after all.

Katy told the Liverpool Echo that she had struggled to sleep after the incident and that she was ashamed of what happened and "felt like a criminal".

She is glad the fine was revoked but says the time since then has been very stressful as she waited for it to arrive.

The officer involved also admitted that issuing the fine "felt cruel" when he was captured on camera talking about the incident.

Footage taken by BBC North West Tonight showed the moment the officer approached Katy and her daughter.

He said: "Where have we come from today? I'm going to have to caution you, you're not under arrest don't worry about that but I do have to caution you."

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A short time later, the officer said to the camera crew: "She'd been in work today and just wanted to come out with her child.

"Which any other time is a lovely thing to do but unfortunately at this time now, we all have to work together don't we?"

Walking away from the camera, the officer can then be heard saying: "I felt so cruel doing that".

Despite being told her fine would come through the post, Merseyside Police have since revoked the fine and apologised.

But Katy claims the first she heard of this was when she read about it in the ECHO, after Merseyside Police issued a public statement on Thursday afternoon.

She said: "It has been such an awful year with everything that has been going on.

"I lost my business, have worked in the supermarket every day to provide for my family, people are just trying to get by.

"And this was just so much stress on top of all that."

In a statement, issued after the footage was released online by the BBC, Merseyside Police said: "There have been conversations on social media about the issuing of a Covid-19 fixed penalty notice to a mother who had travelled with her daughter to Crosby beach on January 25, 2021.

"The officer who engaged with the woman, and who advised her that she would receive a ticket, reconsidered the issue when he returned to the police station to finalise the paperwork.

"On reflection, he decided not to proceed with it as he felt that the words of advice that had been given to this lady were sufficient.

"As such the lady will not have received a fine and we are contacting her to inform her that this is why she won't have received anything in the post.

"We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to her for not having advised her of this sooner.

"Our officers are encouraged to use their discretion and on this occasion, when the officer reflected, he made the decision not to proceed with issuing a fixed penalty notice.

"She was advised on the evening about the legislation in relation to not making non essential journeys.

"For everyone, the pandemic brings its challenges and that is exactly the same for our officers out on the streets.

"Our focus is on those who are flagrantly breaching Covid legislation without any care or thought for the impact on the health of others, and that is what we will continue to do."

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