A Muslim chef employed by the Metropolitan Police is suing them for religious discrimination, it has been reported.

Hasanali Khoja, 60, has accused the UK’s largest police force of religious discrimination because he was expected to cook bacon and pork sausages – and was allegedly refused permission not to.

He said: "I had a letter from the human resources department saying that I would not be required to cook any pork. But this was not exactly what I wanted as a guarantee. The Met has shown no sensitivity towards my religion."

Mr Khoja added that their response was "ill-thought and discriminatory".

In February, the Chartered Management Institute (CMI) published a new guide to help employers avoid religious discrimination cases.

There were 600 instances of such discrimination handled by the courts in the year to April 2008, according to the CMI.