A RETIRED police officer said he missed out on promotions because of racial discrimination within North Yorkshire Police, an employment tribunal heard.

Zaheer Ahmed, who spent 23 years working for the force, claimed that “incompetent white officers” were promoted to some more senior positions and the only explanation for him to miss out on certain roles was his race.

The tribunal, which began at Teesside Magistrates’ Court yesterday, heard that Mr Ahmed, who is of Pakistani origin, had missed out on promotions to “white” officers and obstacles had been “put in the way” of his career progression.

In January 2014, Mr Ahmed applied for a custody sergeant role, but was told he was not suitable as he did not have enough experience.

He then claims other “less experienced, less qualified, white” colleagues were assisted in applying for the role.

In his witness statement, Mr Ahmed said: “North Yorkshire Police are concerned with appearing as if they care about tackling the issue of lack of diversity, but their actions do not support this.

“As of March 31, North Yorkshire Police did not have a single black officer on its force.”

Mr Ahmed added: “I served as a police officer for 23 years, I gave my life to the job and was eager to succeed in my career.

“My loyalty and dedication has been rewarded with resistance and humiliation.”

North Yorkshire Police is contesting the claims. The hearing continues.