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Evidence pointing to police corruption ‘disappeared’ in Daniel Morgan case

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A leaked file reveals a shocking statement from the first inquiry into Daniel Morgan’s murder, reports Simon Basketter
Issue 2398

Evidence pointing to police corruption in the Daniel Morgan murder case “disappeared” from Scotland Yard during the initial investigation.

Private investigator Daniel Morgan was murdered in south London in 1987.

He was about to lift the lid on “major police corruption” according to a newly leaked file. 

This was revealed in a statement from an officer during the first inquiry into the murder. 

The internal police documents detailing the claim went missing from the incident room.

The witness statement was submitted to Hampshire Police, an outside force brought in to investigate police corruption.

It details an interview by an anonymous Hampshire officer conducted with Detective Constable Kinley Davies in 1989. 

The inquiry found no evidence of corruption.

Davies paid a visit to one of the murder suspects on the night of the murder.

He said, “His face was like wax and he was starting to get beads of sweat across his brow, even though it was a winter’s night. There was no doubt that he was expecting a visit from the police.”

The officer said he would have arrested him “then and there” had another detective inspector “not been in charge”.


When the suspect was finally arrested, the officer recalls him “dropping names of senior officers and solicitors” throughout his interview.

Davies told Hampshire Police that he had been to interview a witness, who told them “Morgan had uncovered major police corruption and he was going to sell it to the national newspapers”.

“DC Davies had fed this into the incident room but the document had disappeared and was not actioned.”

Davies and two other officers pursued corruption allegations but were removed from the investigation. 

The statement says, “This was particularly strange.”

Daniel’s brother Alastair told Socialist Worker, “The Metropolitan Police’s

anti-corruption credentials are finished as far as I am concerned. They have no credibility whatsoever.”

Alastair insisted the case needs public scrutiny rather than the Met “putting their hands upon this case any more”.

An independent panel is reviewing the case. Sir Stanley Burnton, the judge appointed to lead the panel, stepped down for “personal reasons” in November and has yet to be replaced.

Alastair said, “We hope it will soon be making rapid progress.” 

There are one million pieces of paper relating to the Morgan case in Scotland Yard. 

The inquiry has obtained just 700 documents so far.

Commander’s corrupt colleagues

Police commander Ray Adams was the subject of two major corruption allegations and 11 other complaints between 1965 and 1985. 

He was cleared each time.

Alan Holmes was his friend, colleague and golfing partner. Holmes was also a colleague and drinking buddy of John Davidson. 

Holmes and Davidson took money from south London gangsters.

Davidson played a key role in the early stages of the Stephen Lawrence investigation. Adams also played a part.

Police intelligence reports describe Davidson as having “no integrity as a police officer and always open to offers from any source if financially viable”. 

The “criminal community” viewed him as “a valuable commodity”. 

Davidson—despite police denials—was involved in investigating Daniel Morgan’s murder.

Holmes apparently killed himself in July 1987 during a corruption investigation into Adams.

Daniel and Holmes were friends and shared information.

Adams became the head of security at NDS, a subsidiary of the Murdoch empire. NDS is alleged to have been involved with counterfeit smart cards for pay?television channels.

Neither the Macpherson nor Ellison inquiries could find evidence of corruption on Adams’s part.

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