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'It was a kind of torture'

Issue No. 1700

'It was a kind of torture'

THE Metropolitan Police have paid out �1 million in damages after a woman police officer sued them for racial and sexual discrimination for the second time. Sarah Locker, who is of Turkish origin, got a public apology and �32,500 compensation from the police seven years ago for a barrage of racist and sexist abuse from officers.

The police promised she would be treated fairly on her return to work. But she was shoved into a desk job and the hate campaign, which included obscene phone calls, started again.

She says that her boss, John Grieve, who is now the commander of the Met's anti-racist squad, mishandled her return to work when the harassment forced her to take long term sick leave. The Met settled out of court, and refused to make an apology or admit liability, rather than have senior officers forced to appear in the witness box. Locker said this week, "My colleagues shunned me. It was a kind of torture. I cracked up with a nervous breakdown. They ruined me as they have hurt so many other women and black officers."

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Sat 10 Jun 2000, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1700
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