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Foreign Secretary’s police bodyguard suspended for leaving loaded gun on plane
September 19, 2020
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A police protection officer travelling with Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has been stood down from duties after leaving his gun on a plane at Heathrow.
A Metropolitan Police spokesman said: "We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, 18 September and we are taking this matter extremely seriously.
"The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place."
The officer had been travelling with Mr Raab on a visit to the US.
The gun was reportedly found by a cleaner.
The Sun reports the officer's loaded, semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol sparked a police scrambled to Heathrow Airport on Friday after it was discovered in its holster on the United Airlines flight from Washington DC.
UA flight 918 landed at Heathrow's terminal two just before 6am.
A source reportedly told the Sun: “The protection officer began sorting out passports and preparing to escort Mr Raab off the flight.
“For whatever reason, he took off his holster with the loaded Glock pistol inside and laid it on the seat.
“The officer then went off with the Foreign Secretary, leaving the gun behind. The cleaners came on and one of them found the gun in its holster.
“She was understandably shocked and called for help and police were called.”