Mr Furlong, whose father is a serving detective inspector at Cheshire Police, claimed he was told after the interview stage “it was refreshing to meet someone as well prepared as yourself” and that he “could not… A police force has been found guilty of discrimination after it refused to give a potential recruit a job because he was a white heterosexual man. The force rejected him while in the midst of a diversity drive after a report found in 2015 it was one of only four constabularies to have no black officers. Cheshire Police are believed to be the first organisation in the UK to be found guilty of using positive action to discriminate by deciding to shun 25-year-old Matthew Furlong in 2017. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.