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Top officer to march in gay pride

9 June 09 17:28 GMT

Hampshire's top police officer is to march in this year's Brighton Pride held by the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgendered (LGBT) communities.

Chief Constable Alex Marshall will be the force's most senior officer to do so after Assistant Chief Constable David Pryde marched last year.

Brighton Pride is part of a festival organised by LGBT communities to challenge discrimination.

It is the third year Hampshire officers have been allowed to march in uniform.

'Show of solidarity'

Mr Marshall said: "For the last two years, Hampshire Constabulary has been praised in the Stonewall Workplace Equality Index for our commitment to both LGBT staff and communities.

"As a display of this commitment and show of solidarity, it's therefore right that we are involved in Brighton Pride.

"The presence of police officers marching at these events has always been well received by LGBT communities and I have given permission for my officers to once again do so in full uniform."

Last year, more than 90 officers and staff from forces across the UK led the procession through Brighton.

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