Police officers sacked after sending racist texts during 2011 London riots

Two police officers have been sacked after sending racist text messages during the London riots that welcomed the burning of Lewisham, “along with all the spades”.

PC George Cooper, 41, who worked for the armed parliamentary and diplomatic protection unit (SO6), and Lewisham-based PC Stephen Newbury, 49, were found by a panel to have sent “racist and discriminatory” messages.

Both were dismissed from the Metropolitan police without notice following a public misconduct hearing on Wednesday. “There is no place for officers who hold racist views in London’s police service,” said deputy assistant commissioner Fiona Taylor, from the Met’s directorate of professional standards.

The misconduct hearing was told that at the height of the 2011 riots in London, Newbury was sick with tonsillitis when he was sent a message by Trevor Barrett, then also a constable with the Met, who asked him if he was at work.

See the article on the Guardian HERE 

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