Criminals Got Off the Hook by Bribing London's Police

By Gary Cutlack on at

A report into police corruption claims that criminal gangs were able to access Metropolitan Police files pretty much at will, bribing their way into confidential murder investigation reports and learning about surveillance operations so some could evade prosecution.

According to quotes obtained by the Independent, the police force's Operation Tiberius campaign has uncovered numerous cases of corruption, including the case of two defendants in a drug trafficking case who "paid £15,000 into a fund" to give to police officers in return for destroying an incriminating surveillance log.

Other cases include a corrupt officer trying to convince a colleague that a defendant in a drug trafficking case was a "nice fella" and that a sizeable "security contract" might come his way in return for conspiring to get the criminal off the hook. [Independent]