Race row continues at Scotland Yard

Scotland Yard
The Metropolitan Police has promised to crack down on racism. Photo: ITN

The race row at Scotland Yard has continued today after further allegations emerged. A story in the Guardian claimed that a 2004 report about how officers treated black people was ignored. The document, written by former Met commander Brian Paddick, said that Afro-Caribbean people were being stopped too often by officers which could damage community confidence in the force. The force said it would not comment on the report but it did take account of the public reaction when it considered its stop-and-search policy.

Freedom of Information requests have also revealed that only one Met officer has been sacked for racist behaviour in the last decade, even though 120 were found to have committed offences. Six others were forced to resign.

The Met has vowed to crack down on racist behaviour in its ranks after a recording emerged of an officer apparently racially abusing a man who had been arrested during last year's riots. Since then, a number of officers have been put under investigation after more allegations were made.