'Supergrass' officers aid Met corruption inquiry
Wednesday 26 August 1998
The scale of the corruption uncovered in the Metropolitan Police has resulted in up to 300 convictions being re-examined to discover whether innocent people have been jailed.
Forty police officers have been suspended, including detectives from a witness-protection unit, and nine serving and former officers have been charged in connection with drugs and money allegations.
Most of the supergrasses have offered to inform on colleagues in the hope of receiving more lenient sentences for their own wrongdoings. Among the informants are two former Flying Squad officers and a detective constable who was attached to the former South East Regional Crime Squad and who was arrested in connection with drug activities.
As more officers are prepared to turn informer - in one case a detective is understood to have named up to 30 fellow officers - the number of allegations of police corruption is expected to rise sharply during the next few months.
The inquiry by two specialist anti-corruption units is widening, with a growing number of officers being suspended and charged in connection with offences - including drug dealing, taking bribes, robbery, tampering with evidence, and even helping with contract killings. Corrupt officers have made hundreds of thousands of pounds from their illegal activities.
Six officers from the Special Witness Protection Unit have been suspended after allegations of financial irregularities; so have 17 from the Flying Squad unit based at Rigg Approach, in Walthamstow, east London, and four from the former South East Regional Crime Squad.
The most senior officer so far to be suspended is a detective chief inspector.
A female official of the Crown Prosecution Service has also been arrested by the Yard's anti-corruption team over allegations involving the supplying of confidential information and the sabotaging of cases.
The latest development in the anti-corruption investigations, revealed by senior police sources, follows a pledge by Sir Paul Condon, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, to stamp out wrongdoing by his officers. Sir Paul has estimated that up to 250 of his 27,000-strong force are corrupt.
- 2 Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
- 3 General Election 2015: 14-year-old boy asks Nick Clegg – 'can you kill Katie Hopkins?'
Italian police 'reveal' what Jesus looked like as a young boy
Who should I vote for? The Independent quiz matches best political party for undecided voters ahead of the general election
Met Gala 2015: Beyoncé manages to out-skimp Rihanna, Miley and Kim Kardashian combined with near-naked ensemble
Syria's 'circle of hell': Aleppo residents describe children without heads, streets filled with blood and injuries never before witnessed by surgeons
General Election 2015: Photographic history of Bullingdon Club tracked down - including new picture of David Cameron in his finery
In defence of liberal democracy
Over 50,000 families shipped out of London boroughs in the past three years due to welfare cuts and soaring rents
EU asylum policy is 'a direct threat to our civilisation', says Nigel Farage
The Rothschild Libel: Why has it taken 200 years for an anti-Semitic slur that emerged from the Battle of Waterloo to be dismissed?
General Election 2015: UK will be 'run for the wealthy and powerful' if Tories retain power, Labour warns
Schools forced to act as 'miniature welfare states' with teachers buying underwear and even haircuts for poor pupils
£20000 - £25000 per annum + Uncapped Commission: SThree: Do you want to get in...
£35000 - £40000 per annum: Ashdown Group: IT Project Manager - Birmingham - ...
£25000 - £30000 per annum + Uncapped Commission: SThree: Sthree are looking fo...
£20000 - £25000 per annum + commission: SThree: Real Staffing's Pharmaceutical...