Love Island star Mike Boateng is allegedly being investigated by Greater Manchester Police for ‘improper conduct’ during his time working with them.
According to a report from The Sun on Saturday, the former policeman, 24, is part of an ‘ongoing’ inquiry, an allegation his family has slammed as they accused the force of racism and discrimination.
A source speaking to the publication about the reality star claimed: ‘Mike says he left the police to take part in Love Island. But it was more likely the real reason was he was facing improper conduct charges.
Love Island star Mike Boateng ‘being investigated by Greater Manchester Police for improper conduct’, it was claimed by The Sun on Saturday
‘It seemed like he had serious allegations hanging over him. If ITV were aware of this situation, it’s astonishing that they allowed him to take part.’
‘After all, they have a duty of care to all of the show’s contestants,’ the source added.
It was reported by The Mirror that Mike is being investigated by the Greater Manchester Police’s professional standards department, allegedly for driving without a licence – an allegation Mike is said to deny.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman told The Sun that allegations were made regarding an officer in 2019, which are currently being investigated by the Professional Standards Branch.
MailOnline have contacted representatives for Love Island and Greater Manchester Police for comment.
Not true: Mike’s family slammed his former bosses for ‘discrimination’ in race row, and also said the allegation was ‘false’ in a statement shared on Instagram
In a statement shared to Mike’s Instagram, his family said the Love Island star had been ‘subject to discrimination’ during his time in the police force, and the claims were ‘false’.
Writing that they believed the allegations was ‘a clear attempt to tarnish Mike’s character’ they slammed the Greater Manchester Police for not denying the investigation was taking place.
They added that they were ‘disheartened’ by the fact that they had ‘not risen to Mike’s defence’ in light of the claims.
Claim: It was reported by The Mirror that Mike is being investigated by the Greater Manchester Police’s professional standards department, allegedly for driving without a licence
The statement continued: ‘Mike no longer works for Greater Manchester Police as he resigned after filming introductory videos in preparation for Love Island.
‘Mike showed nothing but dedication to GMP. He joined believing the force represented honesty and integrity.’
Going on to discuss the alleged racist incidents that Mike had reportedly been the centre of while in the police force, they added: ‘Whilst working for Greater Manchester Police, Mike was subject to discrimination by officers including an incident where he was called a gorilla during a training session.
‘This is a documented incident that took place. The officers involved in these incidents were not sacked, however relocated to different departments.
‘Mike has not once spoken out against the police and always tried to portray the force in a positive light.
‘His hope was that in him joining the force, people from BAME backgrounds would in turn join, ensuring diverse representation within the organisation.’
Mike’s family added that he wasn’t ‘forced or pushed out of the police’, and clarified that he had resigned after deciding to go on Love Island.
They concluded that if the allegations were true then ‘Mike would have been sacked as a result of them, which he wasn’t.’
Hitting back: Mike’s family said the claim was an ‘attempt to tarnish [his] character’, as they slammed the Greater Manchester Police for not denying the investigation was taking place
In an interview before entering the Love Island villa, Mike said of his former role: ‘I did resign to come on the show.
‘But I spoke with the chief Ian Hopkins and thank God we’ve got a good relationship. So he has left the door open for me to come back if I do want to come back.
‘The general consensus, “Don’t do anything stupid.”‘
Together: On Friday Mike picked Leanne Amaning to be in a couple with, after they were torn apart when Bombshell Jess Gale ‘stole’ him following her explosive entrance into the villa
On Friday;s episode of Winter Love Island Mike picked Leanne Amaning to be in a couple with, after they were torn apart when Bombshell Jess Gale ‘stole’ Mike following her explosive entrance into the villa.
Despite trying to keep the couple apart, Mike soon realised his affection for Leanne and decided he would rather recouple with her rather than Jess.
Proving his loyalty to the customer service adviser, Mike even decided to sleep separately from Jess in the ‘Dog House’ – with Leanne joining him during the night.
Romance: Despite trying to tear the couple apart, Mike soon realised his affection for Leanne and decided he would rather recouple with her rather than Jess