Police trainees sacked over 'homophobic notes'

Last updated at 09:13 24 June 2004

Two trainee policemen have been sacked after they admitted sending homophobic notes to a fellow recruit, Scotland Yard has announced.

Senior police officers condemned the behaviour of the two men, vowing that homophobia had no place in the Metropolitan Police.

The incident happened in December last year when a trainee returned to his room at the Recruit Training School in Hendon, north London, to find what were described as "a number of offensive notes" pushed under his door.

He reported the incident to one of the training staff and an internal investigation was launched.

Two trainee police officers later admitted they were responsible for passing the homophobic and insulting notes to their fellow recruit.

The pair, who have not been named, were dismissed from the force for misconduct.

Detective Chief Superintendent Phil Flower, who oversees Scotland Yard's internal misconduct process, stressed that the Metropolitan Police would not tolerate homophobia.

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