I'll pass on being a cop in London...
Royal Pc cleared over gun threat
A former Metropolitan Police royal protection officer has been cleared of threatening a photographer with a gun.
Pc Paul Page, 36, held journalist Scott Hornby, 26, at gun point last November thinking he was an assassin, Basildon Crown Court was told.
The jury heard that the week before, Mr Page had been warned his life and that of his family were in danger.
He was cleared of possessing a firearm with intent to cause fear, false imprisonment and dangerous driving.
The court heard Pc Page, who still works for the Metropolitan Police, spotted Mr Hornby, 28, opposite his house in Chafford Hundred, Essex.
After giving chase, armed with a gas-powered air pistol, he called police from his car and caught up with the photographer on a roundabout.
Police officers arrived and arrested Pc Page, who was described by Mr Hornby as a "psychopath".
Pc Page said he thought Mr Hornby was a "hit man" armed with a rifle and feared for the safety of himself and his family.
He had dialled 999 from his car and told jurors he intended to detain Mr Hornby with the help of other officers.
Mr Hornby, a freelance, told the court that he had been asked to photograph Pc Page by the Sun newspaper but did not know why.