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Osama officer loses Afghan post

Mr Terry in costume: Pic Apex News Agency
Ch Supt Colin Terry's choice of dress has been described as "unacceptable"

A senior policeman who dressed as Osama Bin Laden at a Cornish fete has been removed from his post in Afghanistan.

Ch Supt Colin Terry, who was on secondment to the country with the Foreign Office, wore the outfit to Grampound village carnival last week.

He will now return to his job with Devon and Cornwall Police where he could face an internal inquiry.

The matter has already been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) by the force.

A Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: "Ch Supt Colin Terry will not be returning to the EUPOL mission."

EUPOL is a three-year assignment to Afghanistan by the EU to increase security in the country.

A Devon and Cornwall police spokeswoman confirmed: "Ch Supt Colin Terry will be returning to the force.

Ch Supt Colin Terry
I am extremely disappointed because of anything that I have done
Ch Supt Colin Terry

"No decision on any disciplinary action has been taken at this time."

Mr Terry declined to comment on his removal from the post but said: "I am extremely disappointed because of anything that I have done."

Donna Still of Grampound carnival committee said: "I am not really surprised at what has happened. It's possibly for his own safety, but I am shocked at the way this has all come about.

"It was a carnival and it was fancy dress and if it had been anyone else this reaction would not have happened."

Devon and Cornwall Police said earlier that Mr Terry's actions at the carnival on 6 September were "inappropriate" and "unacceptable".

In a statement, a spokesman for the Devon and Cornwall force said: "The decision to participate in the carnival and the choice of costume were both personal decisions by Ch Supt Terry himself.

"Whilst we believe his actions were misguided rather than malicious, they were clearly inappropriate and we would condemn any such actions by any police officer as unacceptable."

The IPCC confirmed it had received a "voluntary referral" from Devon and Cornwall Police.


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