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Statement re: Operation Midland

News   •   Jul 30, 2019 14:28 BST

Following our receipt of Sir Richard Henriques’ report the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) referred potential conduct matters relating to five officers to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) for their assessment.

The IOPC assessed each officer’s involvement and determined that for some there was no indication of a conduct matter. Three officers’ conduct was investigated by the IOPC, which found no evidence that any of the officers deliberately withheld evidence from the warrant applications with the intention of misleading the district judge and would have no case to answer for misconduct.

The MPS provided the IOPC with a full copy of Sir Richard’s report along with access to any materials from the MPS investigations. All the officers co-operated with the IOPC.

As part of its assessment and investigation, and as a matter of course, the IOPC considered whether there were any criminal matters disclosed alongside any misconduct and found there to be none in each case.

The MPS is reviewing Sir Richard’s report to ascertain whether more of it could be published. However, the MPS has to strike a balance between its commitment to transparency and its legal and moral duties to protect the confidentiality of complainants, witnesses and those accused.

The report contains sensitive personal information and explicit descriptions of sexual offences that it would neither be right nor lawful to publish. Nor would it be appropriate to publish or repeat information from investigations where the allegations were dropped without charge or defendants acquitted. It is important to note that the report is broader than Operation Midland.