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No charges for racism row police
A still from the footage showing an officer wearing a mock Ku Klux Klan hood
One officer was shown wearing a Ku Klux Klan mask
Seven police officers forced to resign after being caught making racist comments on a BBC documentary will not face prosecution.

Criminal inquiries were launched after the men were filmed by undercover reporter Mark Daly in the documentary The Secret Policeman.

Six officers from Greater Manchester, two from Cheshire and one from North Wales were forced to resign.

But the Crown Prosecution Service has recommended seven are not prosecuted.

One officer remains suspended from the North Wales force. The CPS has said it is seeking clarification as to whether the remaining two from the nine officers filmed will face criminal proceedings.

Reporter Mr Daly joined Greater Manchester Police force as a trainee officer and secretly filmed recruits at the Bruche National Training Centre in Warrington, Cheshire.

'Disgrace'

A spokeswoman for North Wales Police confirmed Pc Keith Cheshire, who has not resigned but is currently suspended, would not be prosecuted.

Pc Cheshire, a former plumber, was filmed saying: "Anyone of an Indian nature straight away you would just call him a Paki, wouldn't you?"

He has since denied being racist.

The spokeswoman refused to comment on a second officer, Pc Rob Pulling, who was filmed wearing a home-made Ku Klux Klan-style hood.

Undercover reporter Mark Daly
Undercover journalist Mark Daly's report shocked senior police

Pc Pulling, who was based in Rhyl, north Wales, was shown saying Hitler had the "right idea" and that murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence had "deserved it".

North Wales' Deputy Chief Constable Clive Wolfendale described Mr Pulling as "a disgrace" within hours of the documentary being broadcast.

Greater Manchester Police said the CPS had decided there was insufficient evidence for criminal proceedings to take place.

'Disappointed'

The President of the Black Police Association Ray Powell has said he was "very disappointed" many of the officers would not face prosecution:

"The public's perception will be that you can be racist in the police force and get away with it.

"I do understand that we can only operate within the rules of evidence, but the community needs to be reassured and they are owed a proper explanation as to why prosecutions are not taking place."

The documentary prompted the Commission for Racial Equality to carry out an investigation into the recruitment, training and monitoring of police officers' conduct and the management of their behaviour.

Mr Powell said: "Whatever the CRE's findings are, we must ensure they are acted upon and not just locked away in the drawer."




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