A POLICE officer who became famous across Oxfordshire for ripping his trousers while on shift has achieved his 'independent patrol status'.

Student PCSO Sully Jawed received county-wide praise when he split his trousers in half while chasing down lockdown rulebreakers and jumping over fences to disperse at least 25 residents off of locked areas in South Oxfordshire earlier in May.

At the time he was accompanying PCSO Ali Blood, who said she was too short to manage the difficult manoeuvres, so she asked PSCO Jawed to step up to the challenge.

The young officer will now be leaving the Abingdon team to join the neighbourhood team at Thame from today.

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Thames Valley Police took to social media to congratulate the recruit and wish him good luck, but to also criticize him for 'forgetting the team cakes on his last shift'.

The force said: "It has been hot six shifts out on the bikes, lots of miles cycled throughout Abingdon, including the places where we get the most reports of Covid-19 breaches.

"A number of groups were spoken to and dispersed from Albert Park, Abbey Meadows, Long Furlong Park, Radley Lakes and White Horse skate park just to name a few.

Upon learning about his achievement one Abingdon resident Sam Brown said: "Think the cakes can be forgiven due to trousergate.

" Good luck Sully, if you can survive scrappy you can survive anything."

The student completed his tutorship with PCSO Ali Blood last week.