Police officer warned for not finding drugs in George Kay's hotel room

Police officer is given written warning after failing to find drugs inside hotel room where Kerry Katona’s ex-husband George Kay was ‘eating cocaine’ before he died of overdose

  • George Kay died on July 6, 2019 after being found in a distressed state at a hotel
  • Police officers attended the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver at 9.54pm on July 5 
  • Officers did not seize any drugs but staff found Kay ‘eating cocaine’ the next day
  • A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing concluded with an officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’

A police officer has been given a written warning after failing to seize drugs inside a hotel room where George Kay was ‘eating cocaine’ before he died of an overdose. 

A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing into George Kay’s death has concluded with a police officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’.

George Kay, the ex-husband of music star and TV personality Kerry Katona, died on July 6, 2019 after he was found in a distressed state at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn.

George Kay, the ex-husband of music star and TV personality Kerry Katona, died on July 6, 2019. A Cheshire Police misconduct hearing into George Kay’s death has given a police officer receiving a written warning for ‘failing to take positive action’

Mr Kay was said to be acting erratically on July 5 and refused to return to his room, prompting staff to call Cheshire police, reported the Liverpool Echo. 

Officers attended at 9.54pm on July 5 and spoke to staff so he could remain at the Holiday Inn overnight.

Police were said to have left the hotel after Mr Kay agreed to return to his room. 

Hotel staff went to check on the former rugby league star at around 10am on July 6 to find Mr Kay ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’ which had been placed on a desk. 

The police and the North West Ambulance service were called, with Mr Kay being taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment.

George Kay was found in a distressed state at the Holiday Inn in Sutton Weaver, Runcorn (pictured) before he died at Warrington General Hospital. Officers attended the hotel at 9.54pm on July 5 but left when Mr Kay agreed to return to his room

Hotel staff went to check on the former rugby league star at around 10am on July 6 to find Mr Kay ‘eating a large amount of suspected cocaine’ which had been placed on a desk 

Mr Kay, who is the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-George, aged five, was pronounced dead on arrival at hospital.  

Following a misconduct hearing, an unnamed police officer has been given a written warning for failing to seize a ‘small quantity of a substance believed to be a controlled drug’ in George Kay’s hotel bathroom.

A notice on the Force website said: ‘A police officer failed to take positive action when dealing with a guest at The Holiday Inn in Runcorn on July 5, 2019.

‘The officer failed to search the guest despite there being reasonable grounds to do so.

‘The officer failed to seize a small quantity of a substance believed to be a controlled drug in the bathroom of the hotel room.

‘The officer switched off their body worn video prior to entering the bathroom where the substance believed to be a controlled drug was found.

‘The actions of the officer were not captured.’

Mr Kay is the father of Kerry’s youngest daughter Dylan-George, aged five. He posted a picture on Facebook with his daughter just weeks before his death  

The force said it has referred itself to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which investigates any potential failings by police officers. 

A spokesman from Cheshire Police said last year: ‘At 9.54pm on Friday, July 5, police received a report of concern for the safety of a 39-year-old man at a hotel on Wood Lane, Sutton Weaver. 

‘Officers attended and spoke to the man, as well as hotel staff. All parties agreed that he could remain at the hotel.

‘At 10.11am on Saturday, July 6, police received a further report of concern for the man’s safety.

‘Due to the information provided the caller was advised to contact North West Ambulance Service for assistance.

 Mr Kay, who was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017, had a history of mental health issues and drug use

‘Paramedics attended the hotel and the man was taken to Warrington General Hospital for treatment, where he sadly later died.

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.

‘As with any death following police contact, Cheshire Constabulary has referred the matter to the Independent Office for Police Conduct.’

Staff at the hotel were offered counselling after the traumatic incident, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Mr Kay, who was married to the Atomic Kitten star between 2014 and 2017, had a history of mental health issues and drug use. 

The pair met as teenagers while pupils at Padgate High School in Warrington.  

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Jeffrey Epstein warned victims’ attorney of ‘friends in high places’

Jeffrey Epstein threatened an attorney for his victims by warning him, “I have friends in high places … Somebody’s going to get hurt” and putting the lawyer’s family under surveillance.

Bradley Edwards — the attorney for some of the late Epstein’s accusers — revealed how the pedophile hired people to watch his wife and sons.

Edwards, who penned a book, “Relentless Pursuit: My Fight for the Victims of Jeffrey Epstein,” represented women such as Courtney Wild, who claims she was 14 when Epstein hired her as a masseuse and paid her to recruit her underage friends to his Palm Beach, Fla., compound.

He told a livestream for the New York Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children that Epstein responded by suing him personally. He said, “He called me to tell me, ‘Look, I don’t like the way you’re prosecuting me and I don’t like the way you’re trying to undo my immunity deal. You have to understand that I have friends in high places. I will drop my lawsuit against you if you will drop everything that you’re doing against me.’”

Edwards held a string of meetings with Epstein in a Starbucks in Boca Raton, Fla., where the financier told him, “Brad, if you keep prosecuting me in this way, somebody’s going to get hurt.” Edwards refused to settle, and Epstein, who died in jail in August, was finally forced to make a full apology in a letter read in court in 2018.

Meanwhile, another Edwards-repped Epstein accuser, identified as Priscilla Doe, wants access to two of his properties where she was abused, according to a new Manhattan federal filing. Edwards has asked for permission to document Epstein’s townhouse on East 71st Street and the luxury compound on his private Caribbean island, Little Saint James, to record the “grandeur and opulence” of the homes to “demonstrate the power disparity between Epstein and Doe,” and how their complex layout made it difficult for women to escape.

Doe is one of several women to file suit against Epstein’s estate after his suicide.

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Conor McGregor warned muscle gained in body transformation will be ‘hard to shift’ if he returns to UFC at lightweight – The Sun

CONOR McGREGOR has been warned the muscle mass gained in his welterweight body transformation will be "hard to shift" if he returns to lightweight by UFC hero Dan Hardy.

The Notorious, 31, blew away 36-year-old veteran Donald Cerrone on his octagon return in January, scoring an emphatic 40-second knockout.



But the Irish southpaw did so at a career heaviest 170lb after deciding to skip a gruelling weight cut and make his comeback at welterweight.

And with plans to shrink back down to 155lb and chase the lightweight belt he once owned, former welterweight title challenger Hardy wonders if McGregor will be able as powerful back down in weight.

He told SunSport: “The question now for me around Conor is what weight class does he fight in?

“Does he remain at welterweight? Or does he go back down to lightweight? Will he look as strong at lightweight like he did against Cowboy?

“He can transition from one weight class to another – the challenge is not getting too big when you’re fighting at welterweight.

“I think it was quite clear that he gained some muscle mass for this fight, you can see with his back and triceps that he gained some muscle mass which would be hard to shift if you go back down to lightweight.

“I think as long as he’s on point with his nutrition and he’s got the right people around him making the transition may not be too difficult.”

McGregor burst onto the UFC scene in 2013 at featherweight winning six straight before ending Jose Aldo’s 10-year unbeaten streak in just 13 seconds and one punch thrown.

But the Irishman then had two grudges matches against Nate Diaz at welterweight before winning the lightweight crown by knocking out Eddie Alvarez in November 2016.

A boxing match against Floyd Mayweather, defeat to Nurmagomedov and comeback win over Cerrone up at 170lb has left McGregor’s weight fluctuating.

But Hardy insisted a division between lightweight and welterweight – where McGregor has been operating – would be ideal for the 31-year-old and other fighters struggling to find a home with the massive 15st difference between the two weight classes.

Hardy explained: “What it really do is highlight that need for a weight class in between.

“Because the jump from lightweight to welterweight is huge, it’s bigger than any weights class around in the lighter weight classes.

“I think it’s worth getting another weight class in there and it makes another championship belt that’s reachable for Conor McGregor and a weight class that would be suitable for others.”

  • BT Sport will celebrate the anniversary of Conor McGregor’s UFC debut on Monday 6th April. Watch McGregor’s greatest fights back to back on BT Sport 3 from 9pm on McGregor Monday. 
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