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No charges against racist Pc
A still from the documentary showing Rob Pulling in a Ku Klux Klan hood
Rob Pulling resigned from the north Wales force after the broadcast
The former north Wales police officer who was filmed wearing a mock Ku Klux Klan hood will not face a criminal prosecution.

Rob Pulling was on a police training course when the BBC documentary entitled The Secret Policeman, recorded him making a string of racist comments and saying Hitler had the "right ideas".

A statement from Greater Manchester Police on Monday said none of the nine officers who resigned were to face criminal charges because of "insufficient evidence" against them.

A second North Wales Police officer, Pc Keith Cheshire, remains suspended from duty but is to face a disciplinary hearing.

A spokeswoman for the north Wales force said on Monday that no charges would be brought against Pc Cheshire.

Mr Pulling was described as "a disgrace" by his own force after the documentary, secretly filmed by BBC journalist Mark Daly, showed him acting in an overtly racist manner.

Pc Keith Cheshire (right)
Mr Cheshire (right) was filmed with disgraced colleague Rob Pulling

He was heard criticising the only Asian recruit on the training course and when asked during the filming if he was capable of killing an Asian man he replied: "I've got it in me... it's a hatred thing."

North Wales' Deputy Chief Constable Clive Wolfendale later said Pulling had shamed his colleagues, his uniform, and the police service.

He stressed that the officer, who had worked in the force's central division, which covers towns like Rhyl, Colwyn Bay and Llandudno, had never walked the streets unsupervised.

Suspended officer's 'relief'

Pc Cheshire, a former plumber who lives in Wrexham, was filmed at the police training centre in Warrington saying: "Anyone of an Indian nature straight away you would just call him a Paki, wouldn't you?"

But he has denied being racist.

After the programme was broadcast last October, he said: "I would not consider myself in any way a racist. I'm absolutely gutted."

"There are no ethnic people in my family but I have had some quite close ethnic friends for about 18 years."

Mr Cheshire has always sought to distance himself from the words and actions of his North Wales Police colleague.

Rob Pulling
Rob pulling 'shamed his colleagues, his uniform, and the police service'

He told BBC Wales that he was "relieved" to hear about the Crown Prosecution decision but had been advised not to comment on the disciplinary proceedings.

The programme acknowledged this, even suggesting he seemed to be uncomfortable with some of the more extreme language others were using.

The Crown Prosecution Service said that no charges would be brought against a total of nine officers who resigned as a result of the programme.

Since the broadcast, North Wales Police Chief Constable Richard Brunstrom has said anyone applying for a job in his force would have to sign a personal commitment to anti-racism.




SEE ALSO:
Sixth officer quits in racism row
03 Dec 03  |  Manchester
Eighth officer quits over racism
25 Nov 03  |  Merseyside
My life as a secret policeman
21 Oct 03  |  Magazine
Police sack civilian worker
23 Nov 03  |  North West Wales


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