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Met police marksman removed from duty after posting naked pictures online



By Daily Mail Reporter

Last updated at 4:26 PM on 10th November 2009





article-1226649-07275392000005DC-31_233x401.jpg PC Malcolm Thomas has been removed from Scotland Yard's specialist CO19 unit amid the photograph controversy


A police marksman was removed from Scotland Yard's specialist CO19 unit today after posting revealing pictures of himself online.

PC Malcolm Thomas, 40, is at the centre of an an internal investigation after it was claimed he used the name 'funboybobby' to display a series of revealing photographs on an adult dating website.

Some of the photos which showed the police officer dressed in uniform, body armour and carrying his 9mm Glock pistol are believed to have been taken at his south London base.

In others photographs he showed off a tattoo above his bare bottom.

The CO19 officer emailed photographs, including nude images, to a woman he met through one of several websites on which his details appear.

Thomas calls himself 'sexually adventurous' in his online profile.

He said: 'I am an armed policeman in London and very dominant.'

It's also claimed that he boasted of police operations in an email, including the Chelsea siege in which 32 year-old barrister Mark Saunders was shot dead.

PC Thomas is facing dismissal from the Metropolitan Police elite firearms unit, CO19 as a result of the alleged breach.

He is being investigated by the force's Directorate of Professional Standards.

A spokesman for Scotland Yard confirmed PC Thomas had been removed from his role within the specialist unit.

He said: 'Firearms officers must always display high and impeccable levels of professionalism and judgement.






'This case shows serious concerns about the officer in question and after examining all the evidence we have decided to immediately drop Malcolm Thomas from the CO19 unit.

'An investigation has been launched by the DPS and is ongoing.

'PC Thomas has not been suspended completely from duty and will be posted somewhere as a regular PC for now.

'We are still trying to establish exactly when all this went on and how long it will take to reach a final decision about what is going to happen to him.'

A Metropolitan Police spokesman said anti-corruption detectives are investigating the website, photographs and messages.

He added: 'Firearms officers routinely have to face some of the most difficult and dangerous situations in policing.

'They volunteer for this role to protect the public and their colleagues.

'We expect them to display the highest standards of skill, professionalism and judgement on a daily basis.

'This case highlights serious concerns about the officer's judgement and having assessed all the information available, an operational decision has been made to immediately remove the officer from CO19.'

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