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Murder detective ‘racially abused St Pancras toilet cleaner’

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A senior murder detective allegedly racially abused a Somalian toilet cleaner and threatened to smash him against a wall, a misconduct hearing has heard.

Detective Chief Inspector Glen Lloyd is accused of threatening and abusing Abdi Yare after using a toilet in St Pancras International railway station which had been shut for cleaning.

The alleged incident happened at around 1am on May 11 last year, when Lloyd was off-duty, a police misconduct panel at the Empress State Building in London heard on Monday.

In a statement given to police at the time, Mr Yare claimed that Lloyd told him: “N***** f****** get out of the way let me do my urine or I will urine on the floor.

“F*** your mother and your dad.”

Lloyd, who has a “significant amount of experience and expertise with hate crime and diversity”, denies using racist or abusive language.

Mr Yare, 38, said he came to the UK in 2004 and had been in the job for around a year at the time of the alleged episode.

He appeared before the hearing to confirm those were the words allegedly used and claimed that Lloyd had made him fear for his safety.

Mr Yare, who declined to use an interpreter and spoke in his second language English, told the hearing: “He tried to abuse me, told me the word n*****, that’s what he said.

“He said I will smash you on the wall. I was panicking at the time. I was scared for my life.

“He was a very aggressive man. He was very close to me.”

St Pancras station

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Heather Oliver, for Lloyd, said: “You felt there was a threat to your life?”

He replied: “Yes of course.”

Following the alleged incident, station manager Sami Khan said Lloyd looked “distinguished” wearing a light grey pinstripe suit and appeared to be “self-pleased and smug” and was “trying to brush off the situation, saying ‘everything’s fine”‘.

Mr Khan, who has worked at the station for a decade, said Mr Yare had not made a single complaint before and appeared “really upset”, and mentioned how he felt his family honour had been violated by the comments.

“His body language was a bit aggrieved and that’s what caught my eye”, he added.

Mr Yare added that he thought Lloyd had spoken with an American accent.

The men’s toilets at the station are closed for cleaning between 1am and 5am, with a barrier and blue sign erected to say they are shut, the hearing heard.

Ms Oliver suggested no racist or abusive language was used and that Mr Yare was in fact annoyed at Lloyd using the urinals when they were closed for cleaning.

She said: “Did you develop an allegation of racist abuse to divert attention away from your own aggressive behaviour?”

Mr Yare said: “No.”

James Berry, for Scotland Yard legal services, told the panel: “It’s not suggested that Mr Lloyd is anything other than of good previous character.

“He has a significant amount of experience and expertise with hate crime and diversity.”

If the alleged incident took place it would be an “aberration” in his conduct, Mr Berry said.

Mr Berry added that there was no direct evidence of what was said, saying: “In essence the panel are going to have to decide between Mr Lloyd’s account and Mr Yare’s account.”

Mr Yare told the hearing he had not pursued a criminal complaint because “someone can go behind bars” but proceeded with the misconduct hearing so “next time he shall not behave like that.”

Lloyd has been placed on restricted duties by Scotland Yard.

The hearing is expected to last five days.

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