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"Victory goes to the player who makes the next-to-last mistake - Chessmaster Savielly Grigorievitch Tartakower (1887-1956)"

Thursday, June 07, 2001

It's an ill wind...
Eight detectives will face a disciplinary hearing after one of them allegedly farted in front of a family during a raid, Scotland Yard said yesterday. A team of officers are to be individually questioned in relation to an incident when one supposedly broke wind in the corridor of a family home. The complaint was made by a woman from Chingford, Essex, after Metropolitan police searched a flat for drugs on February 16. The directorate of professional standards, Scotland Yard's disciplinary body, wrote to the officers: "An allegation has been received from a person in that house that one of the male officers broke wind in the hallway and did not apologise to the family for his actions. The complainant felt it was rude and unprofessional." The officers will also be questioned over a complaint of assault. No officers have been suspended so far, but the disciplinary process is said to require at least 12 officers being removed from duty for a day. Both the interviewer and the officer being investigated will have a fellow officer present. The chairman of the Metropolitan Police Federation, which represents rank and file officers, said investigating a fart was a waste of police time and public money.
From today's Guardian.

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