Police to publish Blair Peach report

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The Independent Online

Scotland Yard is preparing to publish a report into the death of the anti-racism activist Blair Peach, who was killed more than 30 years ago.

Prosecutors have completed a review of the document and passed their findings back to the London force. Peach's relatives have for many years been campaigning to obtain a copy of the secret internal review of the killing. Last year, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson said he was willing to publish the document after it had been checked by solicitors.

The Crown Prosecution Service has given its findings to senior officers. It is understood that a copy of the report has already been passed to solicitors representing Peach's partner Celia Stubbs.

Peach, 33, was hit over the head at a demonstration against the National Front in Southall, west London, in 1979. Members of the Metropolitan Police's Special Patrol Group were suspected of hitting him with a rubberised police radio or a lead-filled cosh. The report was written by Commander John Cass. He is believed to have recommended the prosecution of officers, although no charges were ever brought.