POLICE have launched a probe after an officer was seen tearing down posters of Israeli hostages kidnapped by Hamas terrorists.
Greater Manchester Police (GMP) is investigating footage of a lone cop removing posters from a wall in Bury, Salford, on Monday night.
The posters, placed in an area with a large Jewish community, show photos of the Israeli victims taken hostage by Hamas on October 7.
But footage shared on social media shows an officer removing the posters from a temporary wall outside a construction site.
In the video, a woman can be heard asking: "Why is the police taking this down? Excuse me, excuse me, excuse me?"
However, she receives no response from the officer.
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GMP today said it "regrets any offence caused", adding that the officer had acted "in contrary to guidance" issued to staff.
Assistant Chief Constable Wasim Chaudhry added: "We know the ongoing conflict in the Middle East is causing great distress to members of Greater Manchester’s Jewish community and our thoughts remain with them at this time.
"The force has increased engagement with representatives, including the Community Security Trust, to ensure that they feel heard and understood by GMP and to ensure their safety within the city and our neighbourhoods.
"We share concerns raised regarding the removal of posters in the north Manchester area and can confirm that an investigation is underway.
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"The action taken last night, in response to complaints, is contrary to guidance that the force had already issued to staff in relation to flyposting.
"We will continue to work with local authorities and the community to ensure posters can be displayed. We regret any offence caused."
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