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Wednesday, 11 September, 2002, 08:58 GMT 09:58 UK
Race case policeman praised
DC Gareth Reid
DC Reid said it had been a difficult time for his family
A black police officer targeted by two former Stephen Lawrence murder suspects has been praised for helping tackle racism in London.

A racist attack on Detective Constable Gareth Reid saw David Norris and Neil Acourt jailed for 18 months last Friday.

Speaking for the first time since the sentencing, Detective Constable Reid thanked the Mayor of London Ken Livingstone for his support.

"I would just like to thank my family, my friends and colleagues for supporting me through what has been a difficult time.


The example Gareth has set is important to us all

Mayor Ken Livingstone

"I would also like to thank Ken Livingstone for publicly acknowledging what myself and my family have gone through," he said.

DC Reid was speaking at the Mayor of London's regular press briefing at City Hall on Tuesday.

Mr Livingstone thanked the officer for his help in combating racism which he said had blighted south east London.

"The example Gareth has set is important to us all, that we stand up against racism and stand up against these violent thugs, give evidence in court and make sure they are put away."

All-Black intake

Woolwich Crown Court had heard that Norris, 26, of Chislehurst, Kent threw a drink at the off-duty officer and called him a racially offensive name.

Acourt, 27, of Greenwich, south east London, drove a car at him as he made his way home in Eltham, south east London.

The pair were jailed for 18 months on Friday for racially harassing Gareth Reid, an off-duty black police officer, close to where Mr Lawrence was murdered in 1993.

They are to appeal against their conviction.

Mr Livingstone revealed he had spoken to DC Reid about a number of proposals to improve the number of ethnic minority officers joining the force, including a possible all-black intake, and support for those serving officers.

The Mayor said there was currently one police officer "of colour" in 20 within the Metropolitan Police force, compared with 30% of London's population being "of colour."


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