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Hampshire Police staff under investigation over alleged racist and homophobic comments

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Sixteen Hampshire police officers and three police staff are under investigation after they were caught allegedly making racist and homophobic comments.

It is believed conversations were recorded using hidden cameras and microphones at the Police Investigation Centre in Basingstoke, following a complaint from a member of staff.

Five people have so far been suspended.

  • WATCH: MP for Basingstoke, Maria Miller comments on the investigation

The vast majority of Hampshire Police do a very good job for the community. But any sign of racism particularly in the police has to be dealt with very severely indeed. It's important that the community has trust in the police, particularly 20 years on from Macpherson where there were investigations into the conduct of the police after the murder of Stephen Lawrence, and recommendation of the way that institutional racism could be dealt with in the police, and it's important that we know in Hampshire those recommendations were followed in full.''

– Maria Miller, MP for Basingstoke

In a statement Hampshire Constabulary said it takes any allegations of this nature very seriously and has been taking independent advice from the outset. they continue that they are in the process of conducting a rigorous investigation which is being supervised by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.