A police attached to United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been suspended after he forgot his gun in a plane he travel with.
A police protection officer who was travelling with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been suspended from duties after leaving his gun on a plane.
According to Eveningexpress UK, the officer had been travelling with Mr Raab on a visit to the US when he left his gun on a plane at London’s Heathrow Airport on Friday.
The gun was reportedly found by a cleaner.
“We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, 18 September and we are taking this matter extremely seriously.
“The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place,” a Metropolitan Police spokesman said.
In a similar incident in February this year, former prime minister David Cameron’s bodyguard left his gun in a plane toilet.
Passports belonging to Mr Cameron and the officer were also found alongside the weapon, according to newspaper reports at the time.
The gun, believed to be a 9mm Glock 17 pistol, was found by a passenger, who handed it to flight attendants on a transatlantic flight.
Mr Raab visited Washington this week to speak with senior figures including US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on issues of Brexit and Northern Ireland.
The Foreign Secretary said he had had “very positive discussions” with Republicans and Democrats, after senior US politicians warned they will not support any free trade pact with the UK if Britain fails to uphold its commitments to Northern Ireland as part of Brexit.
Democratic Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi, who also met with Mr Raab during his visit, said she “welcomed his assurances” but warned: “If the UK violates its international agreements and Brexit undermines the Good Friday accord, there will be absolutely no chance of a US-UK trade agreement passing the Congress.” (EveningExpress UK).
London’s police force said on Saturday it had suspended an officer tasked with guarding British Foreign Minister Dominic Raab, following a newspaper report that the officer had left a loaded gun on a plane.
As reported by ArabNews, the incident is the second time this year that a British police officer has been suspended in similar circumstances. One of former Prime Minister David Cameron’s bodyguards mislaid his firearm and Cameron’s passport in a plane toilet in February.
Britain’s Sun newspaper said a cleaner at London’s Heathrow Airport found a semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol on a United Airlines plane which had just landed after an overnight flight from Washington.
Raab had been traveling back to Britain on the flight after meeting US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.
“We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday 18 September and we are taking this matter extremely seriously,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place,” it said.
The Sun said the officer had been sorting out passports when he took off his holster with the pistol in it, and left it on the seat of the plane.
A police spokesman said he could not comment on the details of the Sun’s report.