UK police officers under probe for taking selfies at crash site

  • PTI, London
  • Updated: Sep 09, 2015 13:00 IST

Two young British police officers took selfies at the scene of a horrific air crash that killed 11 people, prompting authorities to launch a probe against them for gross misconduct.

Two police officers are being investigated for gross misconduct after they filmed themselves at the site of the Shoreham air crash, the BBC reported on Tuesday.

Sussex Police deputy chief constable Olivia Pinkney said the officers, who are new to the service, were working on the cordon some distance from the scene of the crash.

She said the video did not show details of the site but a message attached to it was inappropriate and offensive. S

he said families of the victims were disappointed to learn of the incident.

Eleven people died and 16 others were injured when a vintage Hawker Hunter T7 jet crashed on to a highway during the Shoreham Airshow on August 22.

Pinkney said the force had apologised to the relatives and had admitted the families had been caused unnecessary distress. The footage and message were sent on social media to a colleague who reported the pair, she said.

"Those officers have let themselves down, of course, but most importantly they have let down the 11 families of the local men who died that day," she said.

Pinkney said she had thought about suspending the young constables, who are still in their probationary period, but she said she wanted them to "keep their shoulder to the wheel."

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