January 13, 2009
The former Deputy Assistant Met Commissioner – who was Britain's most senior openly gay policeman – said: "As far as I know there's no religion that says you can't search trans-gender prisoners is there?"
Speaking on his honeymoon in South Africa, the I'm a Celebrity star, added: "This just shows that there is still descrimination and sexism in the force."
Minutes from a senior management team meeting show Superintendent Wayne Nash, head of operations in Lewisham, had raised concerns among his officers with the borough's top cops.
The note said: "Supt Nash has circulated some papers regarding searching trans-gender prisoners.
"Some officers have expressed concerns around searching trans-gender prisoners for religious reasons.
"This will be discussed in more detail outside the meeting."
Details of the meeting were released under the Freedom of Information Act and published online.
But a Scotland Yard spokesman insisted: "We are not aware of any complaints from officers about searching trans-gender prisoners.
"There must be some mistake in the minutes."
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