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Two Met officers to be charged over 'racist comments' - IPCC

Two police officers are to be charged with racially aggravated public order offences, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has said.

PC Kevin Hughes, 36, and PC David Hair, 40, are both to be charged with two public order offences, one of which is racially aggravated.

The pair are due before Westminster Magistrates' Court on 5 September.

The charges relates to racist comments allegedly made on 22 February and 13 March.

Sue Hemming, of the Crown Prosecution Service, said she authorised the Independent Police Complaints Commission "to summons PC David Hair and PC Kevin Hughes of the Metropolitan Police Service with a racially aggravated public order offence in respect of comments made while on duty as police officers".

The Metropolitan Police said the officers were suspended on 5 April.

Another officer, an acting police sergeant, will face internal disciplinary action for failures in supervision.