Apolice sergeant has escaped disciplinary action after being snapped dressed as paedophile Jimmy Savile on his stag weekend in Tenerife.
Sergeant Will Hughes, 32, and at least four other officers sparked fury among the victims of the former Top of the Pops presenter as Metropolitan Police failed to make an example of him for his behaviour.
Among the Scotland Yard officers photographed with him are an inspector, two constables and a sergeant of 18 years experience, Mail Online reports.
Sergeant Hughes is pictured wearing a long wig, Savile’s signature tracksuit and round sunglasses and holding a cigar to his mouth while surrounded by his friends in a bar, grinning at their antics.
The officers reportedly ravelled to the Canary Islands for five days in early September for his stag party and stayed in Playa de las Americas on the southwest of Tenerife.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said last night that rather than face a misconduct hearing, the group, based in Bexley, south-east London, would be subjected to ‘reflective practice’.
This means that the officers will only have to make written submissions explaining their behaviour to their line managers.
As the practice falls short of a disciplinary process, the officers will not be blocked from promotions or job moves.
The Daily Mail claims one of the more senior officers is said to have referred himself to Scotland Yard’s Directorate of Professional Standards after he was approached by the publication.
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However, none of the officers would comment on their behaviour.
Detective Chief Superintendent Trevor Lawry, commander for Bexley, said: "While this took place when the officers were off-duty in another country, as someone who has investigated child abuse for over 20 years, I am extremely disappointed.
"This was a grave error of judgement by the officers and they need to consider the significant impact of these actions."
Savile’s victims have since reacted with disgust to the images, which have emerged days after Wayne Couzens was handed a life-long jail sentence for the rape and murder of Sarah Everard.
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Caroline Moore, 62, is still haunted by the moment she was subjected to an obscene kiss by the DJ when she was a 13-year-old schoolgirl in hospital.
The woman who uses a wheelchair said: "I think it is absolutely hideous behaviour. I am almost speechless.
"It is terrifying that a police officer, and not just one officer but a group of them, would think this was something funny to do.
"It is sickeningly creepy given everything else we have seen recently. What was the man thinking?
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"It is disappointing that this wasn’t enough for a proper disciplinary process and I’m not sure just a slap on the wrists sends the strongest message when the police are desperately trying to restore confidence."
The television presenter died in 2011 aged 84 and a huge number of sex abuse allegations emerged the following year.
The paedophile raped and assaulted patients, staff and visitors in 41 hospitals, a children’s home and a hospice over nearly 50 years.
Victims included children as young as five, paralysed teenagers and pregnant women.
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