The Metropolitan Police are being forced to divert resources towards the removal of a spate of anti-police billboards which have sprung up across the capital in recent weeks in a stunt orchestrated by anarchist magazine STRIKE!
To add salt into the wound one poster was pasted onto a bus shelter advertising display just yards from the force’s Scotland Yard HQ, informing people that ‘Operation Tiberius uncovered 42 of our senior officers letting criminals get away with murder. For the right price.”
Incorporating the hashtag #ACAB, an acronym for ‘All Coppers Are B******s’ the campaign has been designed by art-activists Special Patrol Group, who attained notoriety for a similar stunt last year.
Speaking to The Independent a Met spokesperson said: “On Sunday, 2 August, officers were made aware of a poster, purporting to be from the MPS, being displayed inside advertising space at a bus stop in Lewisham High Street, SE13.
“The owners of the advertising space were contacted and removed the poster.
“A number of similar posters purporting to be from the MPS were removed from locations in Coldharbour Lane, Lambeth on Sunday, 2 August. These posters were not displayed inside advertising space.”
Despite these moves the prominent poster displayed in the New Scotland Yard bus shelter remained in place as of yesterday, according to the paper.