A police source said: 'The banner was a real show-stopper. Members of the public who take part in these events are meant to make them trying for officers but the sign - and the person who wrote it - took everyone into completely new territory.What was it? What so confounded the hard men in training?
'The constabulary has tried to play this down but it has caused a lot of anger among the rank and file and has been an embarrassment for the chief.
Well, hold onto your socks, folks...
Officers removed Jack McPherson, 17, from the riot training exercise after he held up banners including one that proclaimed, 'All policewomen are dykes'.OMFG!
If only Swampy and his mates had known in advance that all that was needed for the big tough police to throw down their riot shields and hug their alsatians, weeping frightened tears, was harsh language!
Did they say to the lad 'Sorry, son, but we don't want to make it too real, know what I mean?' and carry on?
Oh, no. No, this was a job for the lad's dad - a senior cop:
Norfolk Chief Constable Ian McPherson was forced to cut short a meeting after he was contacted about the situation and asked to intervene.FFS....!
It was not clear how the teenager came to be at the event.Of course it was clear!
It's the police equivalent of 'We need a temp lad in the office to make tea - is the managing director's son free for a few weeks?'. Happens in every organisation (or used to).
But usually, if there's a dispute over whether the lad should make quite so many cups of tea, or put the sugar in for people or leave it on the side, no-one hauls the MD out of a teleconference with their Asian branch to resolve it...
A police source said a 17-year-old had been involved in displaying an inappropriate banner at a training day at RAF Coltishall near Norwich, but he had apologised and no further action would be taken.Well, not quite accurate is it?
'No further action' will be taken because any competent defence would tear the CPS to shreds for ever bringing it. That's if it got that far...
I need to know - are they recruiting police with no balls, no brains and no spine these days, or is there some operation that removes these things in their first week?