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He went soft on drugs in Brixton, spoke out about the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, and had his private life raked over in the press. Now, after 30 years of service, Brian Paddick's been hounded out of his job. But were his radical policies to blame? Or was Scotland Yard simply not ready for a liberal, gay, Oxford graduate so high in its ranks? Jason Bennetto reports
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