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Two PCs to face charge of racially aggravated public order offence

26/07/2012

Sue Hemming, head of the division handling special crime, said: "I have today authorised the IPCC to summons PC David Hair and PC Kevin Hughes of the Metropolitan Police Service with a racially aggravated public order offence in respect of comments made while on duty as police officers.

"PC Hair is summonsed in relation to a comment made about members of the public on 22 February 2012 and PC Hughes is summonsed in relation to a comment made to a colleague on 13 March 2012.

"Both are summonsed for a racially aggravated offence of using abusive or insulting words contrary to section 5 Public Order 1985 and section 31 (c) Crime Disorder 1998. Both men are also summonsed for an alternative charge of using abusive or insulting words contrary to section 5 Public Order 1985.

"This decision is made in accordance with the Code for Crown Prosecutors as I have concluded that there is sufficient evidence for a realistic prospect of conviction and that it is in the public interest to prosecute this case.

"Both men will appear on 5 September at Westminster Magistrates' Court."

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Background information:

At the relevant time both men were part of the North East Victim Offender Location Time team based in Newham, London.