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Four policemen who sent each other a racist text message have been sacked.

The officers were dismissed after an offensive joke, containing the word ‘nigger’, was found on their private mobile phones.

A police inspector, who was shown the text by one of the men, immediately reported it to his bosses. The officers, at least two of whom were off-duty when the text was sent, were sacked following a ten-month internal investigation.

They are the first serving officers to be dismissed by Greater Manchester Police (GMP) over a racist text.

In a statement, the force said: ‘An internal disciplinary tribunal has sacked four GMP officers after they admitted sending, receiving or showing a racist text message to colleagues.’

The sackings come just weeks after Greater Manchester Chief Constable Michael Todd sent a letter to all his 11,000 staff with a general warning about racist behaviour. It read: ‘This force will not tolerate discriminatory behaviour. Unless there are extreme extenuating circumstances, you are likely to be sacked.’

The letter was sent after a series of stories alleging racism in the force, including a BBC documentary, The Secret Policeman, which led to the resignation of six officers.
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