Merseyside Police have released a statement after one of their male officers was named on a BNP membership list leaked on to the internet.
The Association of Chief Police Officers said officers were banned from becoming members of the BNP because it would damage race relations.
The statement, released at 12.53pm today, said: “We are very clear - membership of the British National Party is totally incompatible with the duties and values of the police service and Merseyside Police. We will not accept a police officer or police staff being a member of BNP. Meanwhile, as a matter of urgency, we have immediately started an investigation into all aspects of this case. We will be keeping an open mind until all of the facts have been established.”
The spokeswoman said although a Merseyside Police Constable was named on the list, it was yet to be established whether he was a member of the BNP. The list included names, ages, postal and email addresses, hobbies, professions and other areas of expertise of more than 10,000 supporters.
The BNP vowed to take legal action last night saying the online publication was a breach of a court injunction.