Met Police chief apologises to athlete Bianca Williams over stop and search

A senior Met Police official has apologised to British sprinter Bianca Williams for the ‘distress’ caused by a stop and search.

The Commonwealth Games gold medallist said she and her partner Ricardo dos Santos were treated like ‘scum’ as they were pulled from their car by police in a London street.

The couple were then handcuffed and separated from their three-month-old son. Williams said believes officers racially profiled her and dos Santos – a Portuguese 400-metre runner – during the incident, which was filmed and posted online by former Olympic medallist Linford Christie.

Met Police Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick told the Home Affairs Select Committee on Wednesday: ‘We apologised yesterday to Ms Williams and I apologise again for the distress this stop clearly caused her.’

The Met has voluntarily referred itself to the police watchdog.

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