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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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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

Playing cards Credit: Press Association

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