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Police officers sacked for posting pictures of public on net

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Five police officers have been sacked for gross misconduct after posting secretly taken photos of members of the public on social media.

The PCs, from the Metropolitan Police, also shared comments on the pictures which were found to be "disrespectful and in one case predatory".

Scotland Yard said the officers were dismissed without notice for "discreditable conduct" following an internal hearing.

A sixth officer was issued with a final written warning. While no action was taken against a seventh PC, against whom similar allegations were made.

All the officers were attached to Camden Borough at the time of the allegations.

Deputy Assistant Commissioner Fiona Taylor, Directorate of Professionalism, said: “This was disgraceful behaviour from a small group of officers and it is only right and just that they have been dismissed from the Met.

“We expect the very highest standards of behaviour from our officers and when they fall short of those standards they can expect to be held to account.”

Pensioner robbed of holiday euros in 'sickening' attack

A pensioner was seriously injured after being assaulted and robbed of the 4,000 euro (£2,895) he had just exchanged ahead of a holiday.

Police described the attack on the 84-year-old man as "sickening" and said they suspect the person responsible had targeted the victim, following him from the money exchange shop he had just been to.

The 84-year-old had just exchanged 4,000 euro for a trip abroad. Credit: PA Wire

The man remains in a serious but stable condition in hospital, the Metropolitan Police said, and is awaiting surgery for a broken leg after the incident at Wades Hill, Enfield, north London on Saturday afternoon.

The suspect, described as an Eastern European man in his mid to late 20s, of medium build with short black hair and a moustache, left the scene in a grey Audi car.

Detective Constable John McCarthy, from Enfield CID, said:

This was a vicious and sickening attack on a vulnerable elderly man who had exchanged money ahead of a holiday with his wife. There is a strong indication that he was targeted and followed by the suspect from the money exchange shop in Oakwood.

– Detective Constable John McCarthy

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Met Police officer disciplined over 'joke' Facebook posts

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A police officer has been disciplined after he posted a "joke" on Facebook about sexual assaults by Rolf Harris.

The Metropolitan Police constable was handed a final written warning about his internet activity by bosses last year.

A Freedom of Information response from the force said the officer "posted a joke about sexual assaults on minors by Rolf Harris".

The PC also "openly criticised" the force and posted a status about police community support officers which "attracted a number of negative comments from friends".

Scotland Yard confirmed that a misconduct hearing took place in December in which a Pc faced allegations related to the posting of inappropriate comments on social media.

The panel found an allegation of "discreditable conduct" was proved. The officer, who has not been identified, remains in his post.

Police attacked by bottle-throwing mob in east London

A masked mob pelted police with missiles as they attended the scene of a stabbing.

The "volatile" crowd of around 30 people covered their faces and threw bottles at officers during the incident in Hackney last night.

Police were called to Chatsworth Road at around 11.30pm after an 18-year-old man suffered stab wounds to his upper body.

No officers were injured during the trouble, while one pursued and apprehended a suspect "despite continuing threats from a volatile crowd", a Metropolitan Police spokesperson said.

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