Met Officers Sacked Over 'Racist' Text Messages

Two Metropolitan Police officers have been dismissed over 'racist and discriminatory' text messages discovered on their mobile phones.

PC Stephen Newbury, 49, and PC George Cooper, 41, were sacked following a public misconduct hearing on 07 October.

The officers were investigated by the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) after enquiries being carried out as part of Operation Alice found information to suggest that the officers were sending inappropriate text messages to each other.

The pair had over 30 messages described as 'racist and discriminatory in tone and content', police said.

PC Newbury was found to have sent 24 inappropriate text messages to another serving MPS officer, and PC Cooper sent 8 messages.

It was also found that PC Newbury had requested another serving MPS officer to undertake a PNC check on his car for a personal reason.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, of the DPS, said: "We, and the public, expect our officers to maintain the highest possible standards of behaviour.

"The content of the text messages being exchanged between these officers was not only highly inappropriate and discriminatory but in direct contradiction of the values of the MPS. There is no place for officers who hold racist views in London's police service."


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