Armed French policewoman meets her Waterloo

5th April 2006, Comments 0 comments

LONDON, April 5, 2006 (AFP) - French police have apologised after one of their officers breached regulations by shopping at a busy London railway station with a gun on her hip, the Home Office said Wednesday.

LONDON, April 5, 2006 (AFP) - French police have apologised after one of their officers breached regulations by shopping at a busy London railway station with a gun on her hip, the Home Office said Wednesday.

The policewoman was seen with a pistol on her belt when she entered a newsstand at Waterloo Station, terminal for Eurostar trains for Paris and Brussels, and bought some magazines.

French police are stationed full-time at Waterloo to inspect travel documents of departing Eurostar passengers, but they can carry their standard-issue firearms only in designated areas.

British police are famous for not carrying weapons, unless they are part of a specially-trained unit.

"We understand that one of the French national police officers based at Waterloo International inadvertently went to buy a newspaper at the station while still wearing a firearm," a Home Office spokesman said.

"This is in contravention of the agreement we have with the French. We understand that the officer has since returned to France (and) the French have apologised for the incident."

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