Racist language results in detective dismissed and blacklisted
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Croydon Detectivesacked and blacklisted after using racial slurs in computer game

A detective from Croydon has been sacked and placed on a blacklist after a four-day disciplinary hearing.

The former detective, Neil Buckmaster, was found to have used offensive and racist language when naming avatars on a football computer game, the footage was then uploaded to YouTube. The investigation began following a complaint made by a member of public.

Buckmaster was found guilty of gross misconduct. Paul Betts, A Metropolitan Police Commander, said: “Racism and discrimination in any form has absolutely no place at all in the Metropolitan Police Service, whether an officer is on or off duty. To see this example of someone using it so casually is offensive and utterly unacceptable. I know his former colleagues will feel exceptionally let down by his behaviour, as do I.”

Two arrests made following fatal shooting in Hackney

A 14-year-old boy and a 25-year-old man have been arrested on suspicion of conspiracy to commit murder following a fatal shooting in Hackney.

Police were called to reports of shots being fired in Gillett Square, Dalston, just before 1am on Saturday, May 8. The victim, 31-year-old Patrick Anzy, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Detective Inspector Andy McDonald, the officer in charge of the case, said: “This investigation is making progress, evidenced by these arrests, but I am still very keen to speak to anyone who was in the Gillett Square area at the time of the shooting who may have witnessed the murder.”

Tower Hamlets hits COVID jab milestone
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Tower Hamlets hit 100,000 COVID jabs on Friday 

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has now vaccinated over 100,000 people with their first Covid jab. 

The borough’s mass vaccination programme has resulted in 80% of priority groups being given their first dose, while around 30,000 people have had their second injection.

The 100,000-jab milestone was hit on May 7, after months of growing numbers of infections, with 28,991 cases being recorded since March 2020. 

For more information regarding vaccinations and other COVID-19 related enquiries for the Tower Hamlets click the link

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