A leaked file shows evidence of British police corruption related to an unsolved murder has mysteriously disappeared from Scotland Yard.
According to the file, during the investigation of the death of Daniel Morgan, a police statement taken from an officer on the case mysteriously disappeared.
Morgan was about to blow the whistle on a case of Metropolitan Police corruption, but internal police documents explaining the claim were removed from the incident room.
The leak indicates that the inquiry into Morgan’s death had been compromised. He was found dead in a south London car park in 1987.
The revelation raises new questions over the extent of criminality in Scotland Yard.
Another top-secret anti-corruption inquiry also disappeared during the 1990s, which uncovers the extent of police corruption at the Metropolitan Police (Met).
This comes as the British police have frequently been charged with “fiddling” crime statistics.
On January 8, for instance, Chief Inspector of Constabulary for England and Wales Tom Winsor appeared before the British House of Commons’ Public Administration Select Committee (PASC) and admitted that some officers were involved in manipulating crime figures to give a more positive picture of their work.
At that time, Winsor was leading an inquiry into the integrity of crime data across all forces in England and Wales.
He told MPs that he did not expect to find widespread “corruption” in his investigation but added, “There will be fiddling with the figures. I have no doubt.”
Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe also appeared before the parliamentary committee on the same day, accepting that there was some truth in allegations brought by a police whistleblower against the force.
Police Constable James Patrick had told MPs in November 2013 that rape and sexual offences were being under-reported by as much as a quarter.