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Two Met police officers charged with race offences

PUBLISHED July 26, 2012

PC David Hair and PC Kevin Hughes, who both serve in the borough of Newham in east London, are accused of making the comments in front of other officers.

The decision to charge the officers came after an investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) following a referral of the complaints in April.

PC Hair, 40, faces two public order offences, one of which is racially aggravated, on February 22, while PC Hughes, 36, also faces two public order offences, one of which is racially aggravated and allegedly took place on March 13.

Both officers are due to appear before Westminster Magistrates Court on September 5.

Some 20 officers and one civilian police worker, including five in the borough of Newham, where this summer's Olympic Games are to be held were investigated by the IPCC.

New Met Commissioner, Bernard Hogan-Howe, stressed his determination to stamp out racism in the force and urged officers to report their colleagues if they made inappropriate remarks.

PC Alex MacFarlane was caught on tape allegedly racially abusing 21-year-old Maura Demetrio on August 11 last year following the London riots.

Later that day another officer, PC Joe Harrington was captured on CCTV allegedly assaulting a 15-year-old black youth who had been arrested.

Both incidents are now being investigated by the IPCC.