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Let it snow: rare footage of the UK’s snowy winter

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This winter in Great Britain was really snowy. If earlier it was possible to make a snowman in January only in the Scottish highlands, now it can be done by residents of England and Wales. What did they actually do this weekend!

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Due to heavy snowfalls, locals had to temporarily close several vaccination centers, and the police once again reminded people that leaving their homes is only allowed in case of emergency, writes the BBC. But playing snowballs in your yard is not forbidden, police officers from London Borough Wandsworth reminded.

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Photo: Jelena Putjankina

Even if the snow caught our smaller brothers by surprise, they tried not to show it!

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But roses, it seems, had a hard time …

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Someone set out to make the world’s largest snowman …

… and someone decided to temper! Inhale deep, arms wider, do not rush, three or four!

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NHS trusts in Scotland urge people to ‘walk like penguins’ to prevent falls in the snow 

People in Scotland have been urged to ‘walk like a penguin’ in order to avoid falling over on pavements covered in snow or ice.

As Britain continues to brace through the current cold snap, and with yet more freezing temperatures expected today, NHS trusts have issued the odd edict, which instructs people to keep their weight over their front leg as they walk.

One trust to share the advice, NHS Lothian, says that by ‘walking like a penguin’ people can prevent injuries and hospital trips from ‘avoidable accidents in the ice and snow’.

But while some took to social media to praise the advice, others mocked the edict – which was similarly ridiculed when shared by NHS trusts in England during 2018’s Beast from East snow storm.

One Twitter user, Dean Kelly, said: ‘How did we survive hundreds of thousands of years with such sage advice from NHS numpties? Someone tell the Eskimos!’

However other praised it, including one user who said: ‘Thank you!! Must remember next time so as to remain upright!’

As Britain continues to brace through the recent cold snap, and with yet more freezing temperatures expected today, NHS trusts in Scotland have issued the odd edict, which instructs people to keep their weight over their standing leg as they walk

Members of the public walk in a misty Balloch Country Park on in Balloch, Scotland, yesterday after snow and freezing temperatures struck

Members of the public walk in a misty Balloch Country Park on in Balloch, Scotland, yesterday after snow and freezing temperatures struck

One trust to share the advice, NHS Lothian, says that by walking like a penguin people in Scotland can help keep patients out of hospital through 'avoidable accidents in the ice and snow'

One trust to share the advice, NHS Lothian, says that by walking like a penguin people in Scotland can help keep patients out of hospital through ‘avoidable accidents in the ice and snow’

It comes as police forces across the country were yesterday slammed for threatening snowball fighters with £200 fines as an Arctic ice blast brought six inches of the white stuff to the UK on Sunday.

Forces in Wiltshire, London and Surrey sent out warnings urging families not to break lockdown when frolicking in the snow, saying ‘Covid regulations still apply’ and social distancing must be maintained.

Anyone caught breaking lockdown rules – including exercising outdoors with more than one member of another household – could be hit with a £200 fine.

Outraged Britons took to Twitter to slam police for discouraging people from playing outdoors – with some saying forces’ resources could be put to better use elsewhere.

Police warnings will be especially disheartening for Britons keen to venture out into a snow-covered wonderland for a second day running as a further three inches of snow is set to fall overnight.

The Met Office said the mercury could dip between minus 4C (24.8F) and minus 6C (21.2F) going into Monday – with parts of the Midlands told to brace for minus 10C (14F).

An amber weather warning for snow is in place covering an area from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, meaning travel disruption and power cuts are likely.

In a bid to deter any potential lockdown rule breakers, Surrey Police tweeted: ‘We are currently receiving lots of calls and reports relating to snowballs being thrown and people outside sledging.

‘Enjoy the snow today but please don’t involve other people, particularly more vulnerable residents. Please stay safe and remember that Covid regulations do still apply.’

Wiltshire Police inspector Louis McCoy wrote: ‘I don’t want to be dealing with sledgers and snowball fights. There’s still a lockdown on. Think about it, don’t be tempted.’

Kingston Police in west London urged revellers to enjoy the snow ‘from the comfort of your own home’ as ‘there’s a pandemic going on’.

Police in the London borough of Merton comically added: ‘Sorry to be “that grumpy relative” but with the snow coming down the way it is, please drive carefully.

‘And if you’re going to have a snowball fight, please stick to your bubbles. Also do not eat yellow snow.’

Police in Swindon today dispersed 200 people sledging in a park due to fears that social distancing measures were not being maintained.

People play in the snow on Primrose Hill in London as the capital experiences a rare covering of snow on Sunday

People play in the snow on Primrose Hill in London as the capital experiences a rare covering of snow on Sunday

Police forces across the country have been slammed for threatening snowball fighters with £200 fines as an Arctic ice blast brought six inches of the white stuff to the UK on Sunday. Pictured: Police in a snow-covered Greenwich park

Police forces across the country have been slammed for threatening snowball fighters with £200 fines as an Arctic ice blast brought six inches of the white stuff to the UK on Sunday. Pictured: Police in a snow-covered Greenwich park

Responding to Wiltshire Police’s warning, Adam Finch wrote: ‘Any chance you could use the time when you’re not stopping snowball fights and sledging to find my stolen car?’

Sammy added: ‘So is taking the kids out sledging not exercise? Do you think maybe it’s about time the police stopped disgracing themselves by enforcing laws that don’t actually exist?’

Another Twitter user wrote: ‘God forbid that children locked down and not able to go to school should have some fun.’

Whether playing in the snow counts as exercise has been a point of contention during England’s third national lockdown.

Earlier this month, the Broseley and Much Wenlock division of West Mercia Police threatened to fine people £200 for playing in the snow.

An amber weather warning for snow is in place covering an area from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, meaning travel disruption and power cuts are likely

An amber weather warning for snow is in place covering an area from Nottingham to Stoke-on-Trent, meaning travel disruption and power cuts are likely

A tweet, which has since been deleted, read: ‘There have been two reports of snowballs being thrown last night between 11 and 11.30pm.

‘This is obviously not a justifiable reason to be out of your house, this behaviour is likely to result in a £200 Fixed Penalty Notice for breaking the lockdown rules.’ 

Police warnings did not dishearten revellers who took full advantage of the snowy weather on Sunday, flocking to frolic and build snowmen, with a snowball fight even breaking out outside Buckingham Palace. 

By mid-morning on Sunday, the flakes were falling thick and fast in London and elsewhere, with the Met Office saying that up to six inches could fall by the end of the day.

And Monday will only get worse, with parts of the Midlands potentially recording 15cm (6in) of snowfall by the end of the day, with the snow expected to remain on the ground well into next week.

Meteorologist Simon Partridge said: ‘The band of snow that came through overnight stalled over the Midlands and will then track its way back over south-east England.’

He added: ‘Our main focus is that it is going to be a really cold night, particularly across central and southern parts of the UK – so the whole of Northern Ireland, all of Wales, most of the southern half of England from the Midlands and southwards.’

Mr Partridge added: ‘Temperatures are expected to dip to between minus 4C (24.8F) and minus 6C (21.2F) quite widely tonight and where we get that snow lying in parts of the Midlands we could see one or two places where temperatures are as low as minus 10C (14F).’

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COVID-19: Dubai passengers returning to Scotland now have to quarantine for 10 days

As of January 11, 2021, passengers travelling to Scotland from Dubai will have to undergo a quarantine period of 10 days.
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Dubai: Passengers travelling from Dubai to Scotland will now be required to quarantine for 10 days, following Scotland’s updated travel restrictions that came into effect on Monday.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said in a statement: “It is evident, both in Scotland and in countries across the world, that the virus continues to pose real risks to health and to life and we need to interrupt the rise in cases.

“Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the risk of imported cases from communities with high risks of transmission.”

The new rules includes passengers who have travelled to Scotland from Dubai since January 3, from the date they arrived back in the country. Passengers will be required everyone to isolate for 10 days, even if they present a negative PCR test.

Since November 14, 2020, UAE-UK flight services have been allowed to operate on an “air corridor” basis, which means passengers did not have to go through quarantine.

“Imposing quarantine requirements on those arriving in the UK is our first defence in managing the risk of imported cases from communities with high risks of transmission. That is why we have made the decision to remove Dubai from the country exemptions list,” said Matheson.

“Whether or not an overseas destination has been designated for quarantine restrictions, our message remains clear that people should not currently be undertaking non-essential foreign travel.

“People need to stay at home to help suppress the virus, protect our NHS [National Health Service] and save lives.”

COVID-19 vaccine

In line with the plan to vaccinate more than 50 per cent of the country’s population against COVID-19, the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention (MoHAP) revealed that 66,219 people received a coronavirus vaccine in the last 24 hours.

According to a statement issued on Sunday night, the total number of people vaccinated has reached 1,086,568 so far across the nation.

As of January 10, the UAE has confirmed 2,876 new cases of COVID-19, taking the overall tally in the country to 230,578.

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Negative COVID-19 test required to enter England and Scotland

Those arriving without it will face a £ 500 fine

From January 11, those arriving in England and Scotland by any means of transport must have a negative COVID-19 test with them. It must be done no earlier than 72 hours before leaving the host country, LBC reports. This rule applies not only to foreign nationals, but also to UK residents returning home.

Exceptions will be made for children under 11 years of age, personnel of transport companies and shipping companies, as well as for Irish citizens traveling to Northern Ireland. A complete list of exemptions will be available on the government website.

Everyone else will be fined £ 500 for failing to test.

At the same time, a negative test result does not exempt people from the countries included in the list of unsafe destinations from an epidemiological point of view from a ten-day self-isolation. It can also be found on the government website. Quarantine violators will have to pay a £ 100 fine. Thus, the UK is trying to protect itself from new varieties of coronavirus, which can spread faster than the usual British strains of COVID-19 detected in December 2020.

“We did our best to prevent the emergence of new strains of coronavirus, but taking into account the situation in the world, we decided to take additional measures”– commented on the government’s decision Minister of Transport Grant Shepps.

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Skiers ignore Covid lockdown rules in Scotland to flock to Cairngorm Mountain

Skiers from Tier 3 and 4 areas of England ignored Covid-19 lockdown rules by travelling to Cairngorm Mountain, blocking access to roads – despite the snow resort being closed under a lockdown on the Scottish mainland.

The Highlands snow resort closed following an announcement that mainland Scotland was entering Tier 4 from Boxing Day.

Operators at the resort say they had seen visitors arrive from across the UK, including parts of England in Tier 3 and Tier 4, despite a Government ban on all but essential travel.

Later today Nicola Sturgeon is expected to map out stricter Covid-19 measures after recalling the Scottish Parliament.

It comes two days after skiers and sledders parked outside gates to the venue and hiked two miles to reach the snow resort, causing traffic problems and sparking fears that some had had broken Covid rules to get there. 

Scottish law prohibits travel ‘without a reasonable excuse’ to or from a Level 3 or 4 local authority areas.

Glenmore resident Duncan Ferguson said: ‘It was carnage. 

Around 150 people parked their cars at an access road to Cairngorm Mountain on Saturday – despite the snow resort being closed to the public since Christmas Eve 

Prior to closing last month, Cairngorm Mountain's chief executive, Susan Smith, said there had been evidence of people travelling to the Highlands resort from across the UK

Prior to closing last month, Cairngorm Mountain’s chief executive, Susan Smith, said there had been evidence of people travelling to the Highlands resort from across the UK 

‘I can understand that people want to get out, but why come here all the time? 

‘I had someone knock on my door asking where the sledging field was. Anyone who is local knows where the Hayfield is. 

‘We have a foot of snow here so I understand the lure, but people are being selfish.’

Local councillor Bill Lobban said: ‘The question you have to ask is where do all these people come from? I don’t know the individuals but I would very much doubt that they are all local.

Villagers in Glenmore described a scene of 'carnage' on Saturday, as one said of visitors: 'I would very much doubt that they are all local'

Villagers in Glenmore described a scene of ‘carnage’ on Saturday, as one said of visitors: ‘I would very much doubt that they are all local’

The chaos at Cairngorm came ahead of Holyrood being recalled today, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon prepares to deliver an urgent statement tightening Covid-19 rules

The chaos at Cairngorm came ahead of Holyrood being recalled today, as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon prepares to deliver an urgent statement tightening Covid-19 rules 

Scotland’s Tier 4 travel guidance explained

Since Boxing Day, all of Scotland has been in either Tier 3 or 4 of lockdown.

The Scottish Government has been clear on its travel ban, stating: ‘To suppress the spread of COVID-19 it is essential that, with limited exceptions, there is no travel to or from areas where higher numbers of people may be carrying the virus.’

Regarding international travel, or to neighbouring England, it states: ‘Non-essential travel, such as going on holiday, is not a reasonable excuse to leave a level 3 or 4 area.

‘Travel to or from Scotland without a reasonable excuse is not permitted.’

It adds: ‘Scottish law prohibits travel without a reasonable excuse to or from a Level 3 or 4 local authority area.’ 

‘The advice not to travel means just that, it doesn’t mean you should be driving halfway across the country just to visit Glenmore or anywhere else. There are plenty of places you can exercise without getting in your car.’ 

Police received no complaints over the parking chaos on Saturday. 

Scenes of carnage in Glenmore came as First Minister Nicola Sturgeon recalled Holyrood to discuss additional Covid-19 measures to curb the spread of the virus.

The SNP leader will meet with senior ministers this morning to agree new curbs before then delivering an urgent statement to a recalled Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

Yesterday Scotland announced 2,464 new cases of the disease, with the latest figures for hospital admissions and deaths not due until Tuesday.

Susan Smith, Cairngorm Mountain (Scotland) Ltd’s interim chief executive, previously issued a warning to Covid rule-breakers.

In her final statement before closing she said: ‘We are closing for no other reason than the safety of our staff, customers and the local community.

‘It has been evident in the past few weeks that, regardless of the travel restrictions, people are insistent on breaking the law and coming into the Highlands from Tier 3 and 4 areas and other parts of the UK.’ 

Hundreds of people arrived at beauty spots in Wales last week – with park wardens suffering abuse from visitors travelling from Tier 4 areas.

Cairngorm Mountain said visitors from Tier 3 and Tier 4 parts of England were travelling to the snow resort in the Scottish Highlands, before it closed last month

Cairngorm Mountain said visitors from Tier 3 and Tier 4 parts of England were travelling to the snow resort in the Scottish Highlands, before it closed last month

Wales may be under Alert Level 4, but dozens of cars lined Snowdonia on New Year's Day, with some travelling from as far as Kent

Wales may be under Alert Level 4, but dozens of cars lined Snowdonia on New Year’s Day, with some travelling from as far as Kent  

Crowds at Snowdon followed similar scenes at the Brecon Beacons, where hikers from different households in England travelled more than 75 miles in a minibus together to climb a Welsh mountain

Crowds at Snowdon followed similar scenes at the Brecon Beacons, where hikers from different households in England travelled more than 75 miles in a minibus together to climb a Welsh mountain

Cairngorm Mountain resort remains shut, after Scotland announced a further 2,464 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday

Cairngorm Mountain resort remains shut, after Scotland announced a further 2,464 new cases of Covid-19 on Sunday

North Wales Police said its officers have been turning people, some who have come from as far as Milton Keynes in London, away from Snowdonia. 

On New Year’s Day images of parked cars lining the streets of the picturesque Welsh beauty spot.

Snowdonia National Park’s Twitter page added: ‘Remember: Exercise should start and finish from home. Keep Wales safe.’ 

Last week, hikers from different households in England travelled more than 75 miles in a minibus together to climb a Welsh mountain.

Police said the walkers were from mixed households and had travelled from Cheltenham to South Wales for a hike.

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Former Man Utd and Scotland manager Tommy Docherty dies aged 92

Manchester United and Scotland legend Tommy Docherty has died at the age of 92.

The Scot’s family confirmed the news in a statement to PA. His death followed a long illness.

A family spokesperson said: “Tommy passed away peacefully surrounded by his family at home.

“He was a much-loved husband, father and papa and will be terribly missed. We ask that our privacy be respected at this time. There will no further comment”

Docherty, known as ‘The Doc’, began his playing career at Celtic before sealing a move to Preston North End in 1949.

Tommy Docherty at Arsenal.

He spent nine years Deepdale, playing more than 300 times for the The Lilywhites. At Preston the right-half won the second division in 1951 and helped lead the club to the 1954 FA Cup final.

Docherty also played for Arsenal, making 83 appearances for the Gunners between 1958-61.

Tommy Docherty alongside Sir Matt Busby.
Tommy Docherty alongside Sir Matt Busby.

He also won 25 caps for Scotland, competing in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.

Docherty, though, earned further fame and success as a manager.

In charge of a total of 12 clubs – including Chelsea – where he won the Football League Cup – Aston Villa, Porto and Derby, he also managed his country, Scotland, for a year.

Tommy Docherty after lead Man Utd to a 2-1 FA Cup final win over Liverpool.

But it was his five-year spell at Old Trafford, that ‘The Doc’ is best known for.

He not only clinched the second second division title in 1975 with the Reds but also oversaw an FA Cup final win over Bob Paisley’s Liverpool in 1977.

Tommy Docherty was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2014.
Tommy Docherty was inducted into the Scottish Football Hall of Fame in 2014.

Manchester United released a short statement, saying: “We are deeply saddened by the passing of Tommy Docherty, who led us to FA Cup victory in 1977 with a thrilling, attacking team in the best traditions of Manchester United.

“Everyone at the club sends sincere condolences to Tommy’s loved ones.”

Docherty died at home in the north-west on December 31.

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The average cost of housing in London increased by 6% in 2020

In Islington alone, real estate rose by 13.4%

Halifax Bank has published statistics on the growth of house prices in various regions of the UK for 2020, according to The Guardian. The London borough of Islington became the absolute record holder – the average cost of housing there increased by 13.4% to £ 727.9 thousand. At the opposite end of the list is the Scottish city of Paisley, where the average price fell by 1.7% to £ 138 thousand.

The top 20 in terms of price growth included nine metropolitan boroughs, and the average London housing price has risen by 6%. However, there are exceptions: in the borough of Hackney, bordering Islington, analysts recorded a decrease in the cost of housing by 1.5% to £ 636,000.

In addition to Islington, the five most expensive places included the cities of Leeds and Wolverhampton with an average property value of £ 247 thousand (+ 11.3% per year) and £ 217 thousand (+ 9.5%), respectively.

“This year it was very difficult to predict how the prices will behave. For example, in different districts of the capital, one can observe both a sharp increase and a large drop “– Russell Galli, director of Halifax bank, commented on the statistics.

Top 10 in terms of price growth is as follows:

  1. Islington (borough of London) – 13.4%;
  2. Leeds – 11.3%;
  3. Croydon (borough of London) – 10.9%;
  4. Wolverhampton – 9.5%;
  5. Hounslow (borough of London) – 9.1%;
  6. Doncaster – 8.8%;
  7. Inverness – 8.1%;
  8. Bournemouth – 7.7%;
  9. Watford – 7.7;
  10. Romford – 7.6%

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Deaths from drug use in Scotland rise by 6%

Local authorities are trying

Deaths from drug use in Scotland have reached record numbers, according to Sky News. Deaths have doubled in 10 years and by 6% from 2018 to 2019, according to Scotland’s National Statistics Office.

In 2019, 1,264 people died of drug overdose, in 2018 – 1,187 people.

Scottish Health Minister Joe Fitzpatrick said that local authorities are doing everything possible to reduce the death rate. A year and a half ago, the government called drug addiction a major public health problem, but no solution has been found.

Earlier, a cross-party group of British MPs supported the idea of ​​decriminalizing the possession and consumption of controlled drugs. This would help reduce the stigma against the problem itself and the addicted people. However, the initiative was blocked by the UK Home Office, which oversees the adoption of such laws.

In England and Wales, 4,393 people died of drug overdose in 2019, according to the National Statistical Office – that’s about 76 deaths per million people.

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Prince William and Duchess Catherine embark on a Christmas train tour

The couple wants to support the people of the country during the pandemic

On December 6, Prince William and Duchess Catherine went on a Christmas tour of the country’s cities, writes the BBC. The couple will travel exclusively on the royal train and plan to meet with teachers, volunteers and paramedics to listen to their stories and support people in difficult times.

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The tour will end on Tuesday December 8th. The Dukes of Cambridge will travel more than 2 thousand km through the territories of England, Scotland and Wales. Catherine is traveling on the royal train for the first time, while William has used it several times – including on the day of Princess Diana’s funeral in 1997. Then the young prince came by train from London to Northamptonshire, where the ancestral castle of the Spencer Earls of Althorp House is located.

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The couple have already met with paramedics from the Scottish Ambulance Service and thanked them for their work in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, reports The Sun. Last night, Katherine left a message at Euston Station: “Thanks to all the transport services for making the country move even in such a difficult year. Wish you a Merry Christmas! “

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Scotland Yard officers who joked about raping victims of crime are spared the sack

Scotland Yard officers who joked about raping victims of crime are spared the sack and let off with written warnings

  • The Mail obtained the contents of a phone belonging to PC Edward Bengree
  • Discussions showed officers joking about raping victims of crime
  • But the Metropolitan Police decided that he and his colleagues should not be sacked

A group of Scotland Yard officers who joked about raping crime victims and exchanged racist, homophobic and misogynistic messages have been allowed to keep their jobs.

Nearly three years after the Daily Mail revealed the vile messages, five officers have been let off with written warnings for misconduct.

The scandal was exposed after the Mail obtained the disturbing contents of a phone belonging to an award-winning firearms officer, PC Edward Bengree.

It revealed discussions between officers about demanding oral sex from a ‘hot s*** victim of crime’ in exchange for filing a crime report on the woman’s ordeal.

The 38-year-old armed officer who worked at Heathrow was found to have secretly recorded suspects while they were in custody and in the back of a police car.

PC Bengree, pictured, also ‘endeavoured to develop an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable female victim of crime’ and accessed confidential information about her in order to pursue her.

PC Bengree, pictured, also ‘endeavoured to develop an inappropriate relationship with a vulnerable female victim of crime’

The officer was once hailed by former Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey as a ‘fantastic example of the values we hold dear within the Metropolitan Police Service’ after he received a bravery award for saving the life of a boy who had stopped breathing.

But last Thursday he was found by a police disciplinary panel to have committed gross misconduct. However, astonishingly, the Metropolitan Police decided that he and his colleagues – Detective Constable John Taylor, from Specialist Crime; PC Christopher Davey, from the Aviation Policing Command; and PC Matthew Hewett and PC David Donovan, from the South West Basic Command Unit – should not be sacked.

The three-day misconduct hearing panel concluded that PC Bengree, PC Hewett and PC Donovan should receive final written warnings for gross misconduct. PC Davey and DC Taylor were issued with written warnings for misconduct.

The officers were involved in exchanging racist messages, degrading slurs about female victims of crime and offensive comments about homosexuals and disabled people. PC Bengree and DC Taylor discussed getting victims of crime into the back of a police van and sexually assaulting them.

DC Taylor wrote: ‘Bring on our next night duty in the van. Victim. Hot. I get to choose.’

In other messages the pair chatted about DC Taylor having sex with a stripper who had been arrested two months earlier.

Investigators found scores of racist messages on PC Bengree’s phone in conversations with fellow officers and friends in which black people were referred to ‘w***’. PC Hewett joked with his father: ‘How many Metropolitan police officers does it take to push a black man down the stairs?… None, he fell.’ During the London riots in 2011, PC Bengree said he was ‘so upset’ he was not there after his brother said: ‘It’s pretty much “feel free to hit [rioters] with batons” time.’

Bengree was an armed officer instated at Heathrow Airport to protect members of the public

Bengree was an armed officer instated at Heathrow Airport to protect members of the public

The messages, sent between 2009 and 2011, were only uncovered due to a mix-up in an unrelated court case, when the contents of PC Bengree’s phone were handed over to lawyers by mistake.

In a disclosure blunder, prosecutors accidentally gave the material to lawyers acting for a Surrey businessman in a case that has since collapsed. The contents of the phone had been backed up on a laptop recovered as part of police searches in the case.

After the Mail exposé, Scotland Yard and the Independent Office for Police Conduct launched a misconduct inquiry in January 2018.