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Crooked cops and the robbery that won’t die

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Daniel Morgan had been investigating police corruption before he was murdered in 1987
Daniel Morgan had been investigating police corruption before he was murdered in 1987 (Pic: PA)


How long did it take cops to work out that John Palmer, who was shot in the chest, didn’t die from natural causes? Six days of investigation apparently.  

Palmer, nicknamed “Goldfinger”, was protected by corrupt cops for years.

In 1987, he was found not guilty in the 1983 Brink’s Mat robbery. 

He had melted down gold bars from the robbery in his garden but had said he did not know they were stolen.

Operation Tiberius is a confidential police report from 2001 describing corruption in the Metropolitan Police. 

The Met tried to hide the report for over a decade.

The report uncovered “endemic police corruption linked to major organised crime”. 

According to the report Palmer ran an organisation “able to infiltrate the [police] at will in northeast and east London”.

It said, “Existing murder investigations have been compromised and sensitive intelligence has leaked from other organised crime investigations.”

According to the report Palmer was a “close associate” of Kenneth Noye. 

Noye, who fenced the gold from Brinks, also had many corrupt links to police officers. One of Noye’s criminal associates was Clifford Norris.

Clifford is the father of one of Stephen Lawrence’s convicted murderers, David Norris.

Noye’s handler was a cop called Ray Adams. Adams was an investigator in the Lawerence murder.

The Macpherson report found no evidence of any dishonesty, collusion or corruption on the part of Adams. 

In July 1987 Adams was being interviewed by police corruption investigators when his close associate DC Alan “Taffy” Holmes shot himself.  

Holmes was corrupt. He had been working with private investigator Daniel Morgan.

Daniel had been murdered earlier that year. They were most likely about to expose claims of police corruption that involved passing information to the News of the World newspaper.

Thr Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) is examining one of its investigators over corruption in the Stephen Lawrence murder inquiry.

A review by an IPCC official has concluded that “there is material to suggest Roy Clark provided “misleading information” to the 1998 Macpherson inquiry into police failings in the case.

Clark, a former deputy assistant commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, became the IPCC’s first director of investigations in 2004.

Secret police censor their own manual

The Metropolitan Police have published the manual used to train undercover spies.

The “tradecraft” manual, given to members of the Met’s Special Demonstration Squad, instructs new recruits on how to steal the identities of dead babies using methods inspired by a Frederick Forsyth novel.

The document also suggests agents should “try to have fleeting, disastrous relationships”. 

The document has been heavily censored, with all but a handful of passages in the 60-page document blacked out. They didn’t redact the jokes.

One passage describes what officers can expect when returning to normal Special Branch life after an undercover tour.

It says “The first thing you notice on arriving back at CO [Scotland Yard] is that you can’t find anything.”

It’s followed by a series of apprently hilarious questions and answers on life as a normal copper.

Dead for a fruit competition

The manager of a fruit storage unit in Hampshire has been sentenced for manslaughter. Two workers died while entering an oxygen-deprived storage unit to collect apples for a fruit competition.

At Blackmoor Estate, owned by Tory peer Lord Selborne, workers were encouraged to “scuba dive”. 

This involved entering the storage unit, which only has 1 percent oxygen, through a hatch on the roof, holding their breath as they balanced on crates of apples.

Scott Cain and Ashley Clarke died in February 2013.

Iain Duncan Smith is a louse of cards

Iain Duncan Smith had his Commons credit card blocked after racking up £1,057 in expenses debts. 

The welfare slasher lectures the poor but faced action when he failed to settle his own bill. 

MPs use the cards to pay for travel and accommodation and end up owing money if they fail to provide monthly receipts that prove the spending was valid as expenses. 

Duncan Smith’s was blocked when he owed £1,057.28. 

Hundreds of thousands of benefits claimants have been sanctioned for missing appointments or being late. 

Shadow work and pensions secretary Rachel Reeves had her card suspended for owing £4,033.63. The watchdog pulled the plug on shadow business minister Toby Perkins with a debt of £693.30. 

Health minister Ben Gummer had his card stopped with £1,290.07 outstanding, defence minister Mark Lancaster had a £600 tab, and former universities minister David Willetts owed £1,172.05. 

Ex-Labour MP Eric Joyce owed £12,919.61.

Tory donor David Ross sold a replica of the “Edstone”—the giant stone tablet with ex Labour leader Ed Milliband’s election pleges—for £100,000 at a summer ball last week.

Some 850 guests paid £450 per ticket to the ball. 

The highest lot was a signed photograph of the cabinet. It raised £410,000.

Innovative rail changes in Scotland

The Scottish National Party (SNP) handed Abellio the ten-year £7 billion contract to run Scotrail last year.

But telling workers to snip off the old First logo from their uniforms, as new ones wouldn’t be ready until the autumn, was a sign.

Now bosses have invited workers to make themselves redundant in a bid to squeeze staff costs.

As the then SNP transport minister Keith Brown put it, Abellio had “come up with some truly innovative ways to make rail even more affordable”.

George Osborne’s Budget planning was thrown into chaos –by a mouse roaming the Treasury.

A meeting was interrupted when the rodent suddenly appeared scuttling along the top of a sofa.

It is unclear what happened to the mouse after its meeting with vermin.

Toff of the week

Princess Charlotte, gawd bless her, was baptised on Sunday, with water from the River Jordan 

One side is in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, the other in Jordan.

Palestinian Christians complain it is difficult for them to access the holy river, so their supplies are very limited.

There are minefields on the West Bank side.

The things they say…

‘This exercise is not based on any intelligence’

Senior cop on the anti-terror training exercises last week

‘It’s the first day of the bloody Ashes’

A Treasury minister grumbles about having to go to parliament for the budget

‘Making it untidy’

Reason construction bosses wouldn’t let a Ucatt union organiser onto a building site in Leeds

‘Where would we be without the exciting exhibitions of traditional Romanian folk craft, such as begging and pickpocketing’

Daily Mail columnist Richard Littlejohn whips up some hate

‘Buying trophy babies to order’

Littlejohn switches some of his hate towards gay men

‘Spineless nobodies on Lancashire County Council’

The Sun is annoyed at a decision not to allow fracking

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