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Mystery of Christmas party that' turned sour over ex-officer's abuse to waitress'.

Party venue: Cutler's Hall in Sheffield

Party venue: Cutler's Hall in Sheffield

Date - 24th January 2019
By - Nick Hudson - Police Oracle
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A force has refused to confirm that of one its former officers and husband of a deputy chief constable is being investigated over a racial slur at a police Christmas party.

Ex-South Yorkshire officer Ian Barber is reportedly being questioned over claims he racially abused a waitress at a venue in Sheffield on December 15.

According to the BBC, Mr Barber, whose wife Rachel is hate crimes lead for Nottinghamshire Police, twice clashed with members of the waiting staff at Cutler’s Hall during the evening – the second occasion being the subject of an alleged racially abusive comment.

He was then believed to have been asked to leave by a senior South Yorkshire officer.

Today the BBC published a statement from South Yorkshire, indicating an investigation is underway while inquiries remain ongoing.

The BBC said the force added: "A member of staff reported they were subject to a racially abusive comment, as soon as this was highlighted to those at the event, a man, who was a guest at the event and is not a SYP employee, was asked to leave immediately.

"A man has since voluntarily attended a police station in relation to this matter."

But South Yorkshire told Police Oracle bluntly “Further to your earlier enquiry, we neither confirm nor deny the identity of anyone under arrest or investigation unless they have been charged.”

Both DCC Barber and her husband – who are said to be on holiday – used to work for the South Yorkshire force.

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