source: The Guardian
published: 15 June 2021
The Daniel Morgan inquiry reveals no shortage of disturbing material about key elements of the Met police, the Murdoch press stable, in particular the cut-throat News of the World, and even some of the newspaper’s fiercest rivals.
Confidential police information was routinely for sale for tabloid stories – for two decades from the late 1980s – while senior Met officers entertained cosy relations with key executives, sometimes obtaining plum jobs after they retired from the [police] force.
At the heart was Southern Investigations, the south London firm of private investigators, where Morgan had worked when he was killed. From the late 1980s, it was run by his former partner Jonathan Rees and Sidney Fillery, a former Catford police officer, who had been friendly with Rees for several years before.
Money poured in from selling information, starting in the era before phone hacking existed. Police intelligence cited in the panel report accuses both of being “deeply involved in corruption, using a network of serving and retired police officers to access sensitive intelligence”.
From the Justice for Daniel website:
The Statement by the Morgan family is here
Alastair Morgan’s interview: James O’Brien on LBC Radio is here
Alastair Morgan’s interview: Nicky Campbell on BBC 5 Live is here
Commons questions 24 May 2021 is here