Dominic Raab’s bodyguard suspended after reportedly leaving loaded gun on plane

London’s police force says it is taking incident on flight into UK ‘extremely seriously’

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab speaks at a press conference  in Washington on Wednesday during a trip to the US. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP

British foreign secretary Dominic Raab speaks at a press conference in Washington on Wednesday during a trip to the US. Photograph: Nicholas Kamm/Pool via AP

 

London’s police force said on Saturday it had suspended an officer tasked with guarding British foreign secretary Dominic Raab, following a newspaper report that the officer had left a loaded gun on a plane.

The incident is the second time this year that a British police officer has been suspended due to such circumstances, after one of former prime minister David Cameron’s bodyguards mislaid his firearm and Mr Cameron’s passport in a plane toilet in February.

Britain’s Sun newspaper said a cleaner at London’s Heathrow Airport found a semi-automatic Glock 19 pistol on a United Airlines plane which had just landed after an overnight flight from Washington.

Mr Raab had been travelling back to Britain on the flight after meeting US secretary of state Mike Pompeo.

“We are aware of the incident on a flight into the UK on Friday, September 18th, and we are taking this matter extremely seriously,” London’s Metropolitan Police said in a statement.

“The officer involved has since been removed from operational duties whilst an internal investigation into the circumstances is taking place,” it said.

The Sun said the officer had been sorting out passports when he took off his holster with the pistol in it, and left it on a seat of the plane.

A police spokesman said he could not comment on the details of the Sun’s report. – Reuters