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Open the Blair Peach files

Issue No. 2172

The Metropolitan Police carried out a secret inquiry ten years ago into the death of anti-Nazi teacher Blair Peach in Southall in 1979, it has been revealed.

The commander in charge of the force’s complaints bureau, Ian Quinn, reopened the file on Blair’s death, in a move that has only just come to light.

No police officer has ever been charged with Blair’s death.

A report after his death by complaints head John Cass was reported to have identified several riot police in the Special Patrol Group (SPG) as possible suspects. It is believed it accused others of blocking Cass’s inquiries.

Blair was killed with a blow by a weighted cosh on an anti-Nazi protest. When Cass searched SPG headquarters, he uncovered a stash of weapons including a metal cosh—but not the weapon that killed Blair.

The Cass report has still not been released to the public—though the Met says it will do so later this year, 30 years after Blair’s death.

Both reports should be immediately released to Blair’s family and friends, who continue to campaign for the truth about his killing.

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Tue 6 Oct 2009, 18:30 BST
Issue No. 2172
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