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Met Police special constable convicted of racial abuse on Croydon train

Croydon Today by Gareth D | Monday, 21 May 2012 | Click here for original article

A SPECIAL police constable has been convicted of racially abusing a man on a Croydon train.

Luke Smith, 27, was fined £300 for racially abusing a 48-year-old member of rail staff on board a train travelling between Gatwick and East Croydon on October 5 last year.

Smith, of Carey Gardens, Wandsworth, was found guilty of a racially aggravated public order offence at Croydon Magistrates' Court on Wednesday (May 16). He was found not guilty of fare evasion.

The Met said such "appalling behaviour would not be tolerated on or off duty".

British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to the scene at 3.15am and Smith was arrested.

BTP launched an investigation, spoke to a number of witnesses and viewed CCTV footage

Smith was later charged with a racially aggravated public order offence and fare evasion.

As well as the £300 fine, he was ordered to pay £685 towards court costs, a £15 victim surcharge and £100 compensation each to the victim and another member of rail staff on board the train at the time.

Smith, who is based in Westminster, was off-duty at the time of the incident. He is currently suspended from duty.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has referred the matter back to the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS). Disciplinary procedures will now be considered by the Directorate of Professional Standards.

Commander Pete Spindler, of the Directorate, said: "This type of appalling behaviour will not be tolerated on or off duty from any member of our staff.

"We are referring this matter to the misconduct unit for further action against the officer."

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