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Assistant commissioner 'close to payout' over racial discrimination claims

Assistant commissioner 'close to payout' over racial discrimination claims

One of the UK's most senior police officers is close to receiving a payout over claims he made concerning alleged racial discrimination.

Assistant Commissioner Tarique Ghaffur may receive around £300,000 in compensation after he threatened to air claims during an employment tribunal, the Daily Mail reports.

According to the publication, negotiations between his legal team and the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA) - an independent statutory body which was established under the Greater London Authority Act 1999 - are at an advanced stage.

Earlier this year, the 53-year-old was effectively suspended from his role after accusing Metropolitan Police commissioner Sir Ian Blair of racism.

Mr Ghaffur had claimed that Sir Ian had sidelined him from his Olympic security role.

As part of a settlement deal, he is expected to either drop or soften his allegations of discrimination against Sir Ian and MPA deputy assistant commissioner Richard Bryan, the Daily Mail suggests.