Probe over police officers’ offensive video and message from scene of Shoreham air disaster

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POLICE officers are ‘angry and disappointed’ with two new colleagues who sent an inappropriate message from the scene of the Shoreham air disaster, a police chief has said.

Deputy chief constable Olivia Pinkney, from Sussex Police, said the officers, who are based in Brighton, had let their fellow officers down, following the tragedy in which 11 people were killed on August 22.

‘We’ve been overwhelmed by the support from the local community from the moment that tragedy struck and we’re so grateful for that and treasure it’ she said.

‘Officers who are doing really difficult things even today really value that. They’re as angry and disappointed as I am with these two colleagues.’

‘What the two officers did was video themselves,’ said Dep Ch Con Pinkney.

‘They were on duty and standing on the cordon near the scene, but some distance from it but with no clear view of that scene.’

However, she said the worst aspect was an ‘inappropriate and offensive’ message attached to the video.

They have not been suspended but remain on duty under close supervision and not working directly with the public. An internal investigation is taking place.