A female police chief awarded an OBE for her work to battle wildlife crime has appeared in a controversial rap music at Westminster.
Chief Inspector Louise Hubble, who heads the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NCWU), is seen dressed in a red parka with the hood up as she mimes and dances to the words of ‘Written in the Stars’ by British rapper Tinie Tempah.
The video is shot on the banks of the River Thames with the House of Commons in the background.
Chief Inspector Louise Hubble, from Hampshire Police, sang ‘Written in the Stars’ by Tinie Tempah dressed in a red parka jacket and a gold chain alongside an animal rights activist
The senior female police officer (pictured) heads the National Wildlife Crime Unit (NCWU) and has previously been awarded an OBE for her work to battle wildlife crime
A thick fake gold chain hanging around her neck with a large dollar sign on it completes the high-ranking officer’s unusual edgy, urban look.
Chief Inspector Hubble recorded the video alongside Dr Ruth Tingay, co-founder of conservation group Wild Justice, to mark work by her colleague Superintendent Nick Lyall, to help preserve birds of prey.
But the footage has angered the Countryside Alliance and farmers, who claim that as boss of the NCWU, Chief Inspector Hubble should not be taking sides with conservation campaigners and appear so ‘pally’ with them.
She sang the 2010 hit ‘Written in the Stars’ British rapper by Tinie Tempah (pictured)
Last year, Wild Justice won a legal challenge against the issuing of licences to kill birds by landowners and farmers to protect crops.
In the video, which is just over four minutes long, Chief Inspector Hubble stands on the right hand side and Dr Tingay on the left as they perform a number of popular rap moves while miming to the hit song, which was released in 2010.
At one stage, the Chief Inspector holds her fingers in the air and then runs them down her face as she menacingly stares into the camera. She is also seen rubbing her fingers as if she is counting money before going on to spread her arms wide.
In another part, the officer and Dr Tingay hold up £10 notes as the words to the song go: ‘Trying to change a tenner to a hundred grand.’ They are then filmed tossing the notes away.
Tim Bonner, Chief Executive of the Countryside Alliance said: ‘It’s difficult to take Chief Inspector Hubble seriously here at a time when there are very real issues facing rural areas. The NCWU has an important role to play and there are many rural priorities to be focusing energy on; most people would agree that this bizarre behaviour isn’t very reassuring.’
One field sports activist, who did not want to be named, told MailOnline: ‘Chief Inspector Hubble is supposed to be impartial but she is seen in this video on very jovial terms with somebody we consider to be an animal rights extremist who has been a constant thorn in the side of those of us who lawfully shoot game. The police should not take sides like this.’
Chief Inspector Hubble has been criticised for her appearance in the music video alongside animal rights activist Dr Ruth Tingay (left), co-founder of conservation group Wild Justice
Chief Inspector Hubble, who is on secondment to the NCWU from the Hampshire Constabulary, was awarded her OBE in 2017 in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for her work in policing rural communities.
The video also contains scenes of other people dancing in red parkas with their hoods up. One is filmed outside Scotland Yard while another is outside the headquarters of Defra, the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
The video was released on the website of Raptor Conservation UK, another organisation Dr Tingay runs.
It ends with Chief Inspector Hubble and Dr Tingay sticking their fingers in the air and walking off along the River Thames, followed by photographs of all those who have taken part in the video with their hoods down so that their faces are visible.
Farmers and pro-hunt groups like the Countryside Alliance said they take a dim view of the police officer’s video appearance because they say she is getting ‘too pally’ with activists
A spokesperson for the NCWU said: ‘The purpose of the video was to bring together a range of partners and stakeholders involved in a policing operation, and to celebrate the success of a colleague who had recently been recognised nationally for their efforts over the past 12 months.
‘Participation in the video is not necessarily an endorsement of the views expressed by the author of the blog on which the video was subsequently posted. Contact has been made with the blog author to make this clear.’
The NCWU added that Chief Inspector Hubble participated in the video in her personal time and that no funds from the police body were used to make it.
Dr Tingay said: ‘This was a light-hearted tribute to the work of Supt Nick Lyall from a group of partners and supporters who wanted to show their appreciation. That’s it.’