‘Corrupt’ UK police covered loopholes in murder investigation – report

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LONDON, June 15 (Reuters) – British police corruptly meddled in low-quality investigations into the brutal murder of a private investigator in 1987, then covered up their repeated failures, often by sowing disinformation among them. media, revealed an investigation into the case.

Daniel Morgan was found murdered in a parking lot behind a pub in south-east London on March 10, 1987. He was killed with an ax which was found stuck in the back of his neck. No one has been brought to justice for this murder.

After reviewing the evidence, an independent panel painted a grim picture of a corrupt police force: some officers had ties to organized crime, some sought to sell stolen information or property, and investigations were often strangely poor or partial.

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In damning verdicts, panel chair Nuala O’Loan said the police demonstrated “institutional corruption,” while Home Secretary Priti Patel described it as one of the most episodes. most devastating in the history of the London force.

While the report found no new evidence of long-standing suspicions of police involvement in the murder itself, the committee was careful to say that such a conclusion was based on the available documentary evidence.

O’Loan was scathing about the way the case had been handled – and about the various mistakes, poor police work, and the greed of many police officers involved.

She said opportunities to gather evidence were irretrievably lost in the first investigation, while forensic work in a second investigation was described by a senior officer as “pathetic”.

“Daniel Morgan’s family has suffered badly because his murderer (s) have not been brought to justice: the unwarranted assurances given to them, the disinformation that has been made public and the denial of the failures of the investigation “O’Loan said at a press conference.

“We believe that covering up or denying flaws in the name of an organization’s public image is dishonesty, on the part of the organization, for the benefit of its reputation. It constitutes a form of institutional corruption.”

London Police Chief Cressida Dick, who was criticized in the report for delaying the panel’s work by not giving quick access to the files, apologized and said she regretted that no one was convicted of the murder.

“Our mistakes made the pain for Daniel’s family even worse,” she said.

Patel said she asked Dick to provide a detailed response to the panel’s findings and that she would provide an update when she received it.

“Police corruption is a betrayal of everything the police represent in this country,” Patel said. “This is one of the most devastating episodes in the history of the Metropolitan Police.”

The London Metropolitan Police has over 43,000 officers and staff and is the UK’s largest police service with 25% of the total police budget for England and Wales.

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Reporting by Alistair Smout; edited by Guy Faulconbridge

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