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German G20 police sent home for partying in Hamburg barracks

The entrance of a former barracks ground in Bad Segeberg, near Hamburg, is pictured on June 27, 2017 Image copyright AFP
Image caption The Berlin units arrived at the barracks on Sunday and were off duty when the partying took place

They were drafted in to police a summit in Hamburg next week of 20 of the world's most powerful leaders and now they have been sent home in disgrace.

The 220 police from Berlin were spotted at a barracks indulging in a variety of outdoor antics such as having sex and urinating in a group against a fence.

Their Berlin bosses cringed with embarrassment and said more officers would be sent out to replace them.

The G20 summit is expected to attract big anti-globalisation protests.

Berlin is providing 1,000 police as part of an overall force of 20,000 brought in to secure the event on 7 and 8 July. Spokesman Thomas Neuendorf said it was "simply embarrassing how colleagues have behaved".

The partying appears to have begun soon after 500 Berlin officers arrived on Sunday evening at a barracks near Bad Segeberg north of Hamburg. The "unfortunate and over-the-top behaviour" involved off-duty officers in a closed area, according to Berlin police president Klaus Kandt.

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Image caption Hamburg is beefing up security ahead of the summit: none of the police pictured were based at Bad Segeberg

According to an account published by Berlin's BZ newspaper, dozens of police partied into the night outside container blocks while some went further:

  • A couple of officers had sex on a public fence
  • A row of police urinated against a fence
  • A policewoman in a dressing gown danced on a table waving a gun

There was no denial from the Berlin force although one riot officer told BZ on Wednesday that some of the claims were merely rumours, particularly a report that a fight had broken out involving an officer from the western city of Wuppertal.

The unnamed officer said the Berlin police had plenty of free time as their first shift was not until Monday night. They had wanted to watch TV but the TV room had been locked, he said.

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Media captionUS prosecutors have charged 12 Turkish security agents over violence outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington DC

Security for the G20 summit came under scrutiny earlier this week when Germany made clear it did not expect a number of personal bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to come to Hamburg.

Last month several protesters were hurt in an attack outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington DC. President Erdogan's bodyguards were among 12 Turkish security agents charged with assault.

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