Former Scotland Yard commissioner Dame Cressida Dick may have breached police standards of behavior by withholding files from an investigation into the notorious unsolved ax murder of private detective Daniel Morgan, a dog claims police guard.

The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) said: ‘She appears to have acted in the sincere belief that she had a legitimate policing purpose, due to information protection concerns, but may have been mistaken prioritizing those concerns over its duty to facilitate full and exceptional disclosure.”

But the IOPC Fund said there was no evidence Lady Cressida was trying to protect corrupt officers, the information eventually got out and her behavior would not have warranted disciplinary action if she was still on duty.

Lady Cressida resigned as Met Police Chief in February after a row with London Mayor Sadiq Khan, but was assistant commissioner at the time the Daniel Morgan inquiry commission asked for the information.

mr morgan was a private investigator when he was found dead with an ax to his head in the car park of the Golden Lion pub near his office in Sydenham, south London, in 1987.

No one has been successfully prosecuted for the murder after four major homicide investigations, an inquest and several disciplinary inquiries.

The independent panel reported last year, eight years after it was set up to investigate the Met’s handling of the case, and condemned the force as “institutionally corrupt” and accused Dame Cressida of delaying her investigation.

The IOPC Fund then assessed the panel’s report to see if there were any further possibilities for criminal or disciplinary charges, but found none after reviewing evidence implicating 50 serving or retired officers. .

The watchdog slammed former Assistant Commissioner John Yates, who retired in 2011, for failing to take action against the senior detective whose own actions led to the exclusion of evidence from key witnesses in the second of four…


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This notice was published: 2022-08-03 14:54:00