London Lite Tuesday, 22 September 2009 Changing of the genders THE MET wants more gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender police officers to guard the Queen. Scotland Yard has advertised for officers from special groups to join its armed SO14 royalty protection branch. Successful applicants will be expected to work 12-hour shifts at royal residences including Buckingham Palace. The force wants to recruit more lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender protection police, as well as more women and black and ethnic minority officers, as they are under- represented within SO14. The job spec for the 30 posts expects officers to deliver resi- dential protection through a combination of fixed posts and mobile patrols. It continues: Successful officers can expect to work at London palaces or Windsor Castle and officers are required to perform tours of duty in Scotland. The move has been criticised by former flying squad commander John OConnor, who said: These are terrible jobs that no one wants to do. What could be more soul- destroying than to sit in a rusty sentry box for hours on end? From a political correctness p o i n t o f v i e w i t s j u s t window-dressing. Meanwhile, Conservative MP Philip Davies said: I couldnt give a stuff whether these issues are gay or straight -- its about the best person for the job. IT WAS more Catch Me If You Can than Mission: Impossible when the Cruises went out for a run through the streets of Boston. Tom Cruise stormed ahead of his wife Katie Holmes and refused to let her take pole position to win the tightly contested run. At one point, the 47-year-old actor appeared to help his wife, 30, across the road as she seemed to flag but he was still intent of coming first. The couple, who wore hisnhers jogging outfits, are in Boston while Cruise makes spy comedy Wichita with Cameron Diaz. Holmes, who ran the New York marathon two years ago, later took their daughter Suri, three, to a toy shop where she bought a pair of toy unicorns. The former Dawsons Creek actress completed the 2007 New York marathon in five hours, 29 minutes and 58 seconds. Cruise and Suri waved her on from the crowd and gave her a good luck kiss and cuddle as she reached the final straight. Metwantssexualequalityforroyalguards Flagging: Cruise helps his wife across the road Inbrief Ban for Coles 90mph dad THE father of Chelsea star Joe Cole has been given a suspended jail sentence and banned from driving for a year after fleeing from police at 90mph. George Cole, 55, left his home in Hitchin, Herts, following a family row. He sped off from a service station when officers asked him to take a breath test, hitting their car, running through a red light and driving on the wrong side of the road. Beatles street sign is on eBay AN AbbEy RoAd street sign made famous by The beatles is up for auction on ebay. The steel sign, which has been offered for sale by Westminster council, was removed in 2007 because graffiti messages from music fans could not be scrubbed off. This weekend marks the 40th anniversary of the bands Abbey Road album, which turned the residential London street into a world-famous landmark. KeepupwithTom?Itsmissionimpossible,Katie by mark blunden Job description: constable, uniformed, residential protection, so14 royalty protection at London or Windsor (dependent on vacancies) eLigibiLity: applications are particularly welcomed from women, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, black and minority ethnic communities people as these are under- represented within so14 Friends: lets shake on it, honey, you kept up well Road race: Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes by georgina littlejohn index.html2.html3.html4.html5.html6.html7.html8.html9.html10.html11.html12.html13.html14.html15.html16.html17.html18.html19.html20.html21.html22.html23.html24.html25.html26.html27.html28.html29.html30.html31.html32.html33.html34.html35.html36.html37.html38.html39.html