Complaint lodged with police over alleged racist incident in Redbridge

Ilford police station

Ilford police station - Credit: Archant

The Metropolitan Police is investigating an allegation of racism against its officers in Redbridge.

Claims were made by Twitter user @PsykoUK about an alleged incident on August 29.

He tweeted he was “unlawfully detained, racially abused and physically assaulted” after an argument with a Transport for London (TfL) ticket inspector on a bus in Redbridge.

He added he had video of a police officer saying “people like me have the mental capacity of an animal”. The footage has not been made public.

Redbridge police (@MPSRedbridge) replied to @PsychoUK’s allegations on Twitter, writing: “@PsykoUK would welcome the opportunity to discuss this matter. Ring 101 and leave contact details for GPC Redbridge.”

And today legal firm Waterfords Solicitors confirmed a “formal complaint” had been lodged with the Metropolitan Police and TfL on behalf of their client, @PsykoUK

A spokesman for the force said: “We can confirm that we are aware of an incident and are investigating. At this early stage it would inappropriate to comment any further.”

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It is unclear where precisely where the incident took place and @PsykoUK’s real name has not been confirmed.

A TfL spokesman said: “We take complaints against our staff extremely seriously.

“We are aware of this incident and are currently carrying out an investigation into what happened.”