A Harrow police sergeant has been given a final warning after using racist language to an Asian colleague.

The officer was disciplined at a misconduct hearing last Friday (February 6), after the incident took place on January 23.

The officer is said to have called an Asian colleague a "P***" and an "Asian c***."

A police spokeswoman said the officer in question had no other complaints on his record but because of the seriousness of the allegation he was given a final written warning which will remain on file for 18 months and if any other incidents occur he will lose his job.

Borough Commander Richard Walton said: "Racist behaviour of any form has no place in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) and will be dealt with swiftly and robustly."

Ross Simpson, vice-president of Harrow Crime Prevention Panel, said: "This is an extremely serious incident, and but for the fact that he had got an unblemished record previous to this he would have been dismissed summarily.

"Although his comment is totally unacceptable to many the fact he has been given a final warning provides an opportunity for him to make amends."

A resident from Wealdstone, who did not wish to be named, was angry more had not been done to discipline the officer in question.

The 29-year-old said: "Why has he not been suspended or moved out of Harrow?

"If it's racist language today it will be homophobic abuse tomorrow.

"Questions should be asked about police management, in 2009 this shouldn't be happening."

The incident was initially reported to the MPS Directorate of Professional Standards and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, but the IPCC decided to deal with the problem at a local level.