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Former police aid bought stun gun

PUBLISHED: 16:42 12 March 2008 | UPDATED: 14:30 25 August 2010

A POLICE chief has vowed that there is no place for the British National Party (BNP) in his force after an expelled PCSO was found to possess a stash of racist material.

A POLICE chief has vowed that there is no place for the British National Party (BNP) in his force after an expelled PCSO was found to possess a stash of racist material.

During an investigation into former Eltham PCSO Ellis Hammond, police found stashes of racist material and evidence of BNP membership.

The material was found after mail workers intercepted the delivery of a stun gun to the 23-year-old last December.

Mr Hammond, of Plymstock Road, Welling, pleaded guilty to owning CS spray and buying a dangerous stun gun, at Bexley Magistrates Court last Tuesday.

He was handed a 12-month conditional discharge.

Greenwich Borough Commander Chris Jarrett said BNP members do not deserve a place anywhere in his police force.

He said: "The police values are quite clearly providing a service for everyone ,regardless of colour, race, religion or ethnicity.

"It's not the same for them. They don't see every group in society in the same light.

"There come times when people have to make choices and there is clear blue water between the two sets of values."

Superintendent Jarrett said if officers want to be BNP members they can quit the police.

Hammond was suspended when he was arrested on Christmas Eve 2007, and his resignation was accepted in January.

Police were banned from BNP membership in 2004 by the Association of Chief Police Officers, despite the BNP officially being a political party, like the Labour or Conservative groups.

However, Simon Darby, spokesman for the BNP, said it was 'absolutely ridiculous' that membership to his party should be barred to police.

Claiming Mr Hammond joined the party after becoming a PCSO, he said: "Peoples' political beliefs are their own business.

"I don't mind if my local bobby is a raving Communist as long as he keeps it to himself."

Police vetting requires new officers to declare they are not members of banned organisations.

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