North Korea-style Rishi Sunak jogging convoy was unusual admits Met chief

The "North Korea-style" running of officers alongside Rishi Sunak's car was "unusual", the Met Police chief admits.

Prime Minister Sunak had requested a jogging convoy to precede his thread of bulletproof vehicles in stunning footage captured by a passer by last weekend.

Met Police chief Sir Mark Rowley has since called the tactics, which drew immediate comparisons to North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, for transporting the Prime Minister "unusual".

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Those tactics were utilised in a Whitehall motorcade on Sunday, with Chief Rowley saying the collection of officers jogging before the motorcade was "not the routine" usually advised for the transporting of Prime Ministers.

The Prime Minister had been "returning to his office for some urgent business" and utilised the surrounding officers to clear a path on his way back to Westminster amid an Extinction Rebellion protest.

Officers were spotted on bicycles and on foot in a strange-looking convoy that saw them precede four black Range Rovers, a people carrier and a Met Police vehicle, DailyMail reported.

Speaking of the unusual transportation, Chief Rowley said: "There was a large planned protest in Parliament Square. The PM was returning to his office for some urgent business.

"So we dealt with those two conflicting pressures to get the PM back into his office."

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It comes as Labour MP Diana Johnson questioned the Met Police chief about scenes that were reminiscent of security details usually reserved for American presidents.

Explaining the change in tact for the recent Sunak sighting, Sir Mark added: "You won't often see a protected person being taken through a large protest.

"But on that occasion it was necessary so that's why you saw some unusual tactics. That is not the routine, no."

People on Twitter had mocked the security detail at the time, with one Twitter user saying it looked like "Pyongyang on military parade day."

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