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14:08 | 23rd March 2017

News: UK

Thu 17 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe


Her death is not being treated as suspicious. It is tragic that a young officer has died.

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A gay policewoman who hung herself reportedly did so after being the victim of homophobic taunts from her colleagues, which she penned down in a four-page suicide note.

Lara Goldie, 28, tragically hung herself after reportedly receiving torrents of homophobia during her training at the Metropolitan Police's Hendon training college and also when she went on to work as a probationer cop in Haringey nick, North London, once qualified.

The Met has reportedly denied any accounts of homophobia and stressed that the young woman never made an official complaint to staff. Despite this the Metropolitan Police Directorate of Professional Standards has now launched an inquiry into her death.



The four-page suicide note was found after Lara was found hanging at her home in Hackney, East London on Sunday. Although the letter did speak of the homophobia she experienced at work, it mostly referred to her own personal problems.

It is believed that she had recently split up with a long-term girlfriend.

According to The Sun. a Met spokesman said: "Her death is not being treated as suspicious. It is tragic that a young officer has died.

"At this sad and difficult time, our thoughts are with her family, friends and colleagues."

The paper also reported that a source from Hendon, where Lara trained, said: "There is a palpable sense of shock that anyone has been accused of homophobia.

"Once the police had a reputation for being homophobic and racist. But we have moved on a lot since then.

"The Met has been in the forefront of promoting equal opportunities and cracking down on prejudice.

"If anything, the main complaint we have these days is that we are too focused on minority rights."

 

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