MPS officer on desk duty after leaving firearm on plane

An officer from the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) Specialist Protection Unit has been taken off operational duties after leaving his handgun in the toilet of an airplane.

Feb 5, 2020
By Tony Thompson

The officer, who was serving as a bodyguard to former prime minister David Cameron at the time of the incident, is believed to have removed his holster to use the facilities during a transatlantic flight.

The weapon, believed to be a Glock 17 9mm pistol, was found by a passenger, who handed it to flight attendants. Passports belonging to Mr Cameron and the officer were also found alongside the firearm, according to media reports.

In a statement, the MPS said: “We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on February 3 and the officer involved has since been removed from operational duties. We are taking this matter extremely seriously and an internal investigation is taking place.”

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