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Apology over police officers sleeping in gymnasium during Trump visit

A top-ranking officer has apologised after it was revealed police securing Donald Trump's visit to the UK were being forced to sleep in conditions described as an "absolute disgrace".

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Hundreds of officers were to sleep in cramped lines of camp beds filling a vast gymnasium and sleeping mats on the floor of squash courts between long shifts policing the US president's trip.

Essex Police's Assistant Chief Constable Pippa Mills admitted the conditions were unacceptable and apologised to the officers, promising to rectify the situation.

We worked with local military colleagues to provide accommodation to a significant number of officers travelling from other parts of the country to support our policing requirements. Security, welfare and well-being of those officers has been paramount at all times.

As soon as we became aware of issues surrounding some of the accommodation actions were taken to rectify them.

The conditions which I have been made aware of are not acceptable. Working with our military partners we have found alternative accommodation. This will address the concerns highlighted.

– ACC Pippa Mills, Essex Police