Entire police team axed

An entire south London neighbourhood policing team has been axed after an internal investigation found some of the officers had been playing backgammon and poker while on duty

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Appeal for missing Wandsworth man

Police in Wandsworth are appealing for the whereabouts of a man missing since Thursday.

Officers are becoming increasingly concerned for 30 year old Lucian Bobarnac's welfare and are urging him to contact them.

He's of slim build, 5 foot 10 with shaved black hair.

Lucian Bobarnac
Lucian Bobarnac Credit: Met Police

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Met Probe: Policing team axed

One sergeant and a Pc were sacked after the Met's disciplinary panel found them guilty of gross misconduct. Another Pc and three of the team's community support officers resigned while a fourth was dismissed.

Three of the officers were also charged with criminal offences as well as police misconduct

Neighbourhood teams were introduced by the Met in 2004 and subsequently rolled out across the country

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Neighbourhood officers played poker

An entire south London neighbourhood policing team has been axed after an internal investigation found some of the officers had been playing backgammon and poker, watching television and cleaning golf clubs while on duty.

Seven officers in total resigned or were dismissed from the Safer Neighbourhood Team in the Mottingham and Chislehurst North ward in Bromley. The disciplinary action followed an undercover operation by the Metropolitan Police Service's Directorate of Professional Standards in 2010