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This man in a KKK hood making racist remarks is a North Wales bobby; Officer caught in secret filming.

Byline: ERYL CRUMP

A NORTH Wales Police officer secretly filmed in a Ku Klux Klan-style hood was at the centre of a political storm last night.

The officer, who cannot be named for legal reasons, allegedly made racist remarks and threatened to beat up an Asian officer when he was filmed by an undercover BBC reporter at a police training centre.

Last night North Wales politicians condemned the officer's action and called for an immediate inquiry.

Caernarfon MP Hywel Williams said there is no room for racism in any organisation.

He said: ``I condemn this behaviour without reservation. I call for an immediate inquiry to be launched, the officer concerned to be identified and appropriate action to be taken.''

North Wales Tory AM Brynle Williams went further. He told the Daily Post: ``If these allegations are true then the officer should be expelled from the police force and criminal proceedings brought against him.''

Alyn & Deeside MP Mark Tami said: ``If these allegations are true then it is a matter which needs to be investigated.''

North Wales Police declined to comment until after the programme is shown.

A spokeswoman said: ``The BBC has steadfastly refused to allow North Wales Police to preview the programme. Consequently it is impossible for us to comment on something we have not seen.

``But we will be more than willing to discuss what we are doing to counter racism following the broadcast of the programme.''

A news conference has been arranged for Wednesday morning at North Wales Police headquarters in Colwyn Bay to deal with the aftermath of the programme screening.

The incident was filmed by the undercover reporter Mark Daly at the Bruche police training centre in Warrington while he was preparing the The Secret Policeman documentary to be shown on BBC1 tomorrow evening.

It allegedly shows the officer lunging towards the hidden camera andfantasising about attacking the sole Asian recruit on the course.

His head is covered in a white hood with eye holes cut out in the style of the American white supremacist cult.

He is heard saying: ``I haven't even f***ing started with him yet.He'll regret the day he was ever born a P***.''

Asked by the reporter what his aim is the officer replies: ``To eradicate the whole f***ing country of people like him.''

Daly spent five-and-a-half months posing as a probationary constable with Greater Manchester Police and was sent to the college as part of his ``training''.

Home Secretary David Blunkett criticised the BBC for its methods in making the documentary. He said he was ``concerned'' following allegations that the recruit was filmed wearing a Ku Klux Klan-style hood, while others make racist remarks and insult murdered black teenager Stephen Lawrence.

He said: ``We take any allegations of racism very seriously and we are concerned about the reports of these incidents.

``We have raised concerns with the BBC not about their right to expose racism but their intent to create, not report, a story. And to do so in a way that did not present the detail for action to be taken but as a covert stunt to get attention.''

He questioned the BBC's ``intent to create,not report'' the story. He also suggested that the BBC had carried out a ``covert stunt'' and was leaking information to the media in an attempt to get publicity for the documentary.

A BBC spokeswoman said the corporation believed the evidence captured on film could only have been obtained through undercover filming.

``While the programme makes clear that we found no evidence to suggest that anything but a small proportion of officers were racist, we feel it would give viewers cause for concern,'' she said.

Ray Powell, president elect of the National Black Police Association, said: ``I will reserve my judgement until I see the programme.''

Trevor Phillips,chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, said he will be studying the documentary ``very closely'' before deciding what action to take.

BBC reporter Daly, 28, joined the Greater Manchester Police in January this year after successfully passing the selection procedure.

He was arrested in August after the police received an anonymous tip-off alleging an undercover journalist had joined the force.

He was released on police bail and will discover next month if he faces charges of obtaining his wages by deception and damaging property by inserting a secret camera in his police issue bullet-proof jacket.

October 20, 2003 DAILYPOST

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