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ayor of London Sadiq Khan has denied reports he issued an ultimatum to outgoing commissioner Dame Cressida Dick demanding she dismiss officers involved in the Charing Cross case or face suspension herself.

Officers at the London police station were revealed to have sent racist and misogynistic messages to one another by a police misconduct report published earlier this year.

The Times had reported that Dame Cressida told senior colleagues that Mr Khan had made the ultimatum to her.

I was angered and disgusted by what a number of Metropolitan Police officers said

Speaking to LBC, Mr Khan said: “Some of that is accurate. I was angered and disgusted by what a number of Metropolitan Police officers – serving officers – said.

“I was concerned about the impact on trust and confidence. It is not the case that the commissioner was given an ultimatum to sack them or she would be sacked.”

Mr Khan also said a Metropolitan Police Twitter account had shared information about him that was “misleading”.

On Thursday morning, the verified Met Police Taskforce Twitter account retweeted a tweet which read: “If the Mayor of London doesn’t understand that the process for sacking officers is independent of chief constables … well that’s a bit of a problem.”

The Met Police account quote-tweeted the original and added the words “Exactly this”.

The tweet has since been deleted.

Mr Khan told LBC: “When you have Met Police accounts amplifying information that is misleading, how is it possible for officers concerned about behaviour or other officers to come forward?

“Why are we surprised when whistle-blowers don’t come forward if this is the attitude both the IOPC talked about and you’ve exemplified in relation to a blue-ticked account?”

The Mayor of London said the Met Police has “deep cultural issues”, including “overt racism, sexism, misogyny, homophobia, discrimination”.

He suggested on LBC that there had been improvements at the Met Police since he was a child, saying: “There are so many decent dedicated, brave officers. But there has got to be an acknowledgement that there are deep cultural issues.

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