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Another example of police behaving unlawfully and showing extreme neglect of duty........An other example of their superiors trying to cover their ar*es, and an other example of the old 'Early Retirement' syndrome.

Outrageous behaviour particular as it resulted in the needless death of Mr Adler. My heart goes out to his relatives and friends. Bilko

As Moderator I could not have put it any better than Bilko as the POLICE PENSION SCHEME is becoming more and more like a PAY OFF and KEEP YOUR MOUTH SHUT exercise and all the time it is TAX PAYERS MONEY so they don't need to find the funds.

 

ferrisconspiracy.com will endeavor to compile a UK list of POLICE OFFICERS who have had this PAY OFF or are still currently on CONVENIENT SICK LEAVE.


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The Sunday Times February 05, 2006

Met chief Blair attacked over murder report


THE Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Ian Blair has been criticised by the force’s watchdog over an “inadequate” report into an unsolved murder.

Len Duvall, the chairman of the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA), criticised Blair’s report into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan 19 years ago.

He has rejected the report for failing to answer questions concerning possible police corruption during the original murder investigation and ordered Blair to resubmit it.

Morgan was found in a car park in Sydenham, south London, with an axe in his head in 1987 and his family accused the police of high-level corruption and a cover-up. The family were convinced he had been killed by a professional hitman after uncovering evidence of police corruption.

Two detectives were arrested at the time but never prosecuted and received substantial damages for wrongful arrest and false imprisonment.

Further investigations led to the arrest of a former officer in January 2003 on suspicion of “misconduct in a public office”, but this was also dropped due to insufficient evidence.

The MPA sent the report back to Scotland Yard last week. According to an e-mail sent to Morgan’s brother, Duvall told Blair it was “not adequate” and failed to reach “an understanding on past investigations”. The e-mail, from the MPA, also criticised the report for not “acknowledging how possible misconduct by one or more officers may have affected the investigation of this murder”.

Last night Scotland Yard said it was aware of Duvall’s concerns and would seek to address them.

The news comes as Blair continues to face criticism over the shooting of the Brazilian Jean Charles de Menezes last year. He has also sparked controversy by accusing the British media of being “institutionally racist” and questioning the prominence given to the murder of the schoolgirls Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.

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Unfortunately the POLICE control section of the MEDIA but they will never control or stop us posting the FACTS!


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Anyone read this?

 

Synopsis
Untouchables is an integrity test on Scotland Yard. It is the result of a six-year investigation into how the most powerful police force in the United Kingdom claims to tackle corruption, racism and mismanagement within its own ranks.

In 1993, the Yard set up a secret anti-corruption operation run by undercover cops whose existence was known to only a few senior officers. The Ghost Squad operated for five years ? spying, lying and concealing information ? with no independent oversight.

In 1998, its shadowy detectives went public as the Untouchables ? their motto: ?Integrity is Non-Negotiable?. Commissioner Sir John Stevens promised they would bring bent and unethical colleagues to justice. But instead of thorough corruption investigations, there was corruption management. Instead of justice and accountability, there was cover-up.

Based on official documents and over 1,000 interviews ? with criminals, supergrasses, police whistleblowers, former anti-corruption officers and judges, many of whom have never spoken out before, let alone on the record ? Untouchables is in the best tradition of hard-hitting expose journalism, naming names and packed with revelations.

It tells the secret history surrounding the Jill Dando case and the key unsolved murders of Daniel Morgan, David Norris, Stephen Lawrence and Rachel Nickell. The authors also expose the buried history of the biggest armed robbery in British criminal history ? the 26 million Brinks Mat gold bullion heist, which is still dogging Scotland Yard on its 21st anniversary.

Untouchables presents a timely and well-evidenced case for a fully independent system of policing the police.

 

Some further info about the book;

New Labour and the Tories have declared a War on Crime in the run up to the general election next year.

In his keynote speech at the recent party conference, Tory leader Michael Howard promised to unshackle the Police from the burdens of accountability and due process. The criminal justice system will be recalibrated in favour of the victims of crime, he said.

Howard had made exactly the same speech in 1993 as home secretary in the John Major Government. Under his watch Scotland Yard set up a secret unit called the Ghost Squad to examine just how corrupt was the most powerful force in the UK.

With no independent oversight, for the next four years this Ghost Squad secretly buried compromising information.

When New Labour came to power in 1997 on an anti-sleaze vote, the Yard was ready to face the public inquiry into its bungled handling of the Stephen Lawrence murder investigation and the aura of corruption that pervaded it.

The Ghost Squad went public as the Untouchables. Parliament was assured there was going to be a no hiding place blitz on the bent. But instead, more corruption management and cover up followed.

At first, New Labour fought the backlash against the Lawrence Inquiry. But after the events of September 11 and the lurch to war on a false premise, the Yard is now a key ally in Tony Blair's War on Terrorism.

This dark alliance is unlikely to be held accountable by the new police watchdog, which the Home Office set up in April 2004. The so-called Independent Police Complaints Commission is stacked with retired cops led by the former boss of the Untouchables.

 

Meanwhile, home secretary David Blunkett is intent on bringing back the discredited supergrass system on an equally false premise that these dangerous witnesses were successful during the War on Corruption. Nothing could be further from the truth.

· Untouchables is the first integrity test of Scotland Yard in 30 years. It exposes how the force really investigates dirty and racist cops in its own ranks.

· It tells the stories of the seven supergrasses behind the War on Corruption and reveals those criminal allegations that the Yard ignored or covered-up.

· Untouchables exposes the secret history of five unsolved murders which still rock Scotland Yard: from the death of private investigator Daniel Morgan, police informant David Norris, black teenagers Stephen Lawrence and Damilola Taylor to the TV presenter Jill Dando.

· It also reveals the buried history of corruption surrounding the biggest armed robbery in British criminal history on its 21st anniversary – the iconic £26 million Brinks Mat gold bullion heist.

· Untouchables explores the true legacy of soon to retire Commissioner Sir John Stevens, his predecessor Lord Paul Condon and the man waiting in the wings, Sir Ian Blair.

· It also examines the past of retired DAC Roy Clark, the J. Edgar Hoover of British policing reinvented as the Peoples' defender in the new police watchdog. Clark is one of a number of former Untouchables inserted into the police complaints system in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

· Untouchables asks what bang did taxpayers get for their bucks. More than £100 million has been spent by the Yard in ten years. Very few of the estimated 250 dirty cops they identified have been prosecuted. Nevertheless, the Home Office is exporting this failed anti-corruption model across the UK and to other police forces and unsuspecting publics in Australia, the US and South Africa.

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Hi Magpie... thanks for your excellent post with regards to the book 'Untouchables'.  Having read the synopsis and the other material that you included within your post, this book is most definately  on Admin's shopping list. 


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Hi Admin. Same here, one for the 'books to buy list'. Here is a link to the Daniel Morgan website. http://www.justice4daniel.co.uk I'm sure you will find all the material on the site as interesting as i have.

 


 

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Again... Magpie for highlighting the website for Daniel Morgan, and I will be sure to check it out, as I hope other members will too.  Thanks for the post.


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Press Release - 13 December 2004
Met police involvement in contract murder? The Home Office isn't worried

This is what the family of murdered private investigator Daniel Morgan and their MPs Roger Williams and Chris Smith have feared for many years. Daniel had repeatedly expressed concerns over police corruption before his murder. These fears have grown tenfold in the past year as details of four failed police inquiries have emerged for the first time after the family won disclosure of police reports in the high court.

Five out of six arrested suspects' alibis not investigated, botched forensics, theft from Daniel's corpse while the crime scene was under police control: these are just some of astonishing blunders in the first inquiry in 1987-88. This information has been withheld from the family and the public for over 16 years and is now entering the public domain for the first time.

Despite these revelations, minister for policing Hazel Blears, last week refused again to order the public inquiry called for by 83 members of parliament.

At an inquest in April 1988, it was alleged that Daniel's partner Jonathan Rees had arranged the murder with officers from Catford police and that Rees had agreed with one member of the squad, DS Sidney Fillery, to take part in the inquiry to sabotage it and then step into Daniel's shoes after taking early retirement. By February 1988, Fillery was partnering Rees at Southern Investigations. (Adjournment Debate 6 July 2004). The allegation was made in September 1987 and was partially prescient.

An outside inquiry was ordered by Met Commissioner Sir Peter Imbert. Unbelievably, Hampshire police concluded publicly that the first investigation had shown "determination to bring the murderers to justice". Hampshire also charged an innocent man with the murder, but the flimsy case failed to get past committal. The family believe this was intended to distract public attention from the reality of the situation.

In July 1997, Home Secretary Jack Straw wrote to Chris Smith as follows:

"The Commissioner informs me that there were some allegations that a senior officer was involved in the murder, but these were all thoroughly investigated at the time and proved to be incorrect".

In November 1997, after years of lobbying, the Morgan family and their MPs met Commissioner Paul Condon to air their fears of a cover-up. The meeting was attended by DAC Roy Clark, then head of Scotland Yard's anti-corruption unit, CIB3. Late in 1998, Clark began a third inquiry behind the backs of the family and their MPs. Only in June 2003 did the family learn that the inquiry had casually frittered away a golden opportunity to gather evidence of police involvement in the murder. Instead of stimulating conversation about the murder, as Alastair Morgan had repeatedly suggested to Roy Clark after their meeting, the secret bugging operation waited months until Jonathan Rees and a serving police detective, Austin Warnes, were recorded plotting to plant drugs on an innocent woman in order to discredit her in a custody battle. The operation was then closed down. Rees and Warnes were convicted. Police intelligence reports at the time reveal that Southern investigations had become a hub of police corruption in south London. The Morgan family believe that this had been the case for years. For the third time, no one was brought to trial for the murder of Daniel Morgan.

In July 1999, Clark told the family's solicitor Raju Bhatt that the first inquiry had been "honest and thorough" and that the Hampshire inquiry had been "good". Mr Clark is now Director of Investigations at the New Independent Police Complaints Commission.

In 2002, while the family were still unaware of any of the content of the internal police reports, another inquiry was begun. Acutely distrustful of the Met, the family requested access to the Hampshire report. (Police internal reports had previously enjoyed Public Interest Immunity). Clark told them that they could have the report if they signed a waiver indemnifying Hampshire police against civil action before reading it. When they refused this offer, they were told they could have the 83-page report read to them in controlled conditions, i.e. no notes or record could be made. They refused again. Clark's successor, DAC Andy Hayman, finally refused to disclose the report under any circumstances. The family were therefore forced into litigation while the fourth murder inquiry was actually taking place.

The fourth inquiry, the family were told, was based on informant evidence and related only to civilian suspects. What they did not discover until well after this inquiry was over was that the informant had withdrawn his statement over two years before the inquiry began. For the fourth time, no one was brought to justice for the murder of Daniel Morgan.

The Home Office has twice refused to order a public inquiry into this scandal. In July 2004, Caroline Flint told the Commons in an adjournment debate "I am informed that the Metropolitan police accept that the original investigation falls below current investigative standards, but that it was consistent with the standards of the day". The Morgan family says this is nonsense and that the Met have repeatedly misled the family and indeed the former Home Secretary himself. We are critical however of Jack Straw's complacency and can understand David Blunkett's recent assertion. We're just not sure things are any better now.

The family and others believe this is the worst scandal in the Met for 30 years and that the Home Office is partly to blame for it. We will be challenging the latest refusal in the High Court and expect to issue proceedings in January.

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Hi Magpie... thanks for your post in relation to the Press Release (13/12/04) with regards to the murder of Private Investigator Daniel Morgan.  It was very interesting, although sad that yet another case of police corruption has come to light.  With regards to the final part of the post (below), is there any updates or recent information in respect of the last refusal?

 

Originally posted by Magpie:

The family and others believe this is the worst scandal in the Met for 30 years and that the Home Office is partly to blame for it. We will be challenging the latest refusal in the High Court and expect to issue proceedings in January.


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Hi Admin. The latest news into this horrendous scandal is that in February 2006 the Chair of the Met Police Authority has refused Sir Ian Blair's latest report and the family continue to push for the Public Inquiry.

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Brother's victory as police report is rejected
Islington Gazette - 9 February 2006

Alastair Morgan is still battling for justice 19 years after his brother was found dead in a pub car park.

The brother of a private detective found with an axe embedded in his skull has won the latest round in his 19-year fight for justice. Alastair Morgan, from Gee Street, Finsbury, has been searching for answers since his younger brother Daniel was brutally killed in a south London car park in 1987.

Despite four separate police investigations nobody has ever been punished for the murder, and questions remain about possible police involvement in Daniel's death.

But there was hope for the family when a report by Britain's top policeman Sir Ian Blair into allegations of police misconduct was savaged by the Metropolitan Police Authority (MPA).

In an e-mail to Mr Morgan, MPA chairman Len Duval, slammed the report as "not adequate, for example in either reaching an understanding of past investigations or in acknowledging how possible misconduct by one or more officers may have affected the investigation."

Mr Duval is due to meet Alastair Morgan and his mother Isobel Hulsmann and has stressed his commitment to ensuring the truth about the murder finally comes out.

Mr Morgan told the Gazette this week: "We are pleased that Len Duval has taken a tough stance on this. "I am disappointed but hardly surprised by Ian Blair's failure to answer the questions posed. "I believe that an honest report would give clear evidence of misfeasance at the highest level in both the Metropolitan Police and the Hampshire Police.

"At an inquest in 1988 allegations were made of police involvement in Daniel's murder. In our view all of the available evidence supports these allegations. We believe there has been a cover-up."

He continued: "We hoped that Ian Blair's report would shed light on this but Sir Ian has a history of non-disclosure in this case. In 2002 he refused to give us access to a police report on the murder and we had to take the Met to the High Court. "We believe that the inquest was misled and that the Police Complaints Commission was misled and that senior officers in both the Met and the Hampshire police must have been aware of this."

Ex-Islington South and Finsbury MP Chris Smith fought alongside Mr Morgan's family for 10 years to try and get a public enquiry into the murder.

Despite the backing of 58 MPs Home Office minister Hazel Blears ended their hopes in December 2004. But now Mr Morgan believes their case is overwhelming.

"The fact that the Met's commissioner is ducking and diving only strengthens our case," he said. "A public inquiry is the only way we will ever find out what really happened to my brother".

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On the whole, it is only for the tenacity and determination of the families,friends and advocates of the victims of miscarriages of justice/police corruption that their cases are brought to the public attention. It makes one wonder about the numerous other cases where for one reason or another there are no 'voices' speaking up for them.

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Hi Magpie... thank you very much for the update on the Daniel Morgan case.  I'm sure I speak for many when I say that our sympathies are with Mr Morgan's family.


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From the "OBSERVER", an English Sunday Broadsheet

"Elite police squad in graft probe"

Scandal as 52 detectives are removed

by John Sweeney, Kamal Ahmed and Martin Bright
Sunday May 14, 2000


"The National Crime Squad - created two years ago as Britain's answer to the FBI - has removed 52 officers from its elite force amid allegations of corruption and malpractice.

The detectives from the NCS have been 'sent back' to their home forces from the squad - which freely admits it is 'under attack from organised crime' - for suspected offences ranging from collaborating with major criminals to losing key evidence and overtime fraud".

"Concern in Whitehall is greatest about corruption within high profile forces such as the NCS, its sister body, the National Criminal Intelligence Service, and the Metropolitan Police. The latter's anti-corruption squad, CIB3 - The Ghost Squad - has spent £23 million in the last two years, but only eight officers have been convicted.

Corruption was evident in the case of Flying Squad detective Terry McGuinness, 42, jailed last month after admitting burglary, conspiracy to supply cannabis, handling stolen goods and conspiracy to pervert justice. The court was told McGuinness revealed the existence of a 'first-aid kit', which included a balaclava and an imitation gun, used to plant evidence on suspects. McGuinness also described how his unit raided a suspect's home and found £14,000 under a bed. Officers carried off the cash after the criminal invited them to take it with the words: 'Christmas has come early'.

One law enforcement source said: 'The police have lost the Government's trust that it can keep its own house in order. If the NCS isn't clean, then nothing is.'

A huge Customs operation against drug traffickers Brian Charrington and Curtis 'Cocky' Warren, thought to be Britain's richest criminal, was thrown out when two police officers, Det Insp Harry Knaggs and Det Sgt Ian Weedon - then with the North East Regional Crime Squad - came forward, saying that Charrington was their prized informer. After he was released, Customs photographed Knaggs driving a £70,000 BMW, registered in Charrington's name. No one has been prosecuted, as the case is still with the CPS"
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Elite police accused of dealing in drugs

     Three police officers who served on the elite National Crime Squad
     were caught on a hidden camera using and dealing in cocaine and
     cannabis, a court was told yesterday. Two of the officers were in the
     squad when they were arrested in April last year. The third had been a
     member for five years.

     Four other people were also accused at Leicester Crown Court. They
     included the mistress of one officer. Michael Pert QC, for the
     prosecution, said they were caught at the home of Nicola Bladen, 35, in
     Derby. She faces 11 charges involving drugs.

     Detective Sergeant David Redfern, 42, of Duffield, Derbyshire, is
     charged with three counts of supplying cocaine, two of possession, one
     charge of supplying cannabis and one of trying to pervert justice. He is
     suspended from duty.

     Detective Constable Heather Bossart, 40, faces two counts of having
     cocaine. Detective Sergeant Mark Jennison, 41, is charged with one
     count of supplying cocaine and two charges of possession. Both are
     suspended and gave their addresses as care of St Mary's Wharf police
     station, Derby.

     At the time of the arrests, DC Bossart and DS Jennison were serving
     members of the National Crime Squad.

     By David Stringer
     21 November 2002
     The Independent

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UK: 'Serpico' claims Scotland Yard elite ran drug cartel

Date: September 20 1998

Source: Sunday Times (UK)

'Serpico' claims Scotland Yard elite ran drug cartel by Nicholas Rufford, Home Affairs Editor

DRUG rackets worth millions of pounds were run from inside Britain's biggest police force, according to a former Scotland Yard detective who is to publish his allegations.

The officer, dubbed "Serpico" by friends after the New York police officer who was pilloried for exposing corruption, described sections of the drug squad and the regional crime squad at Scotland Yard as the "most professional criminal cartels in Britain". He is writing a book in which he alleges that officers stole drugs, paid phantom informants and fabricated evidence.

Duncan MacLaughlin, a detective for 18 years, is believed to be the first officer to talk openly about alleged corruption within the elite squads in which he worked.

His claims are likely to give renewed urgency to the efforts by Sir Paul Condon, the Metropolitan police commissioner, to stamp out criminal activity within the force. Condon has already launched a wide-ranging inquiry into police corruption, and has set up CIB3, a special unit of the Complaints Investigation Bureau, to investigate.

MacLaughlin, 38, who admits he was not "straighter than straight", spent five years in the drug squad and five years in the London-based regional crime squad, which drew the best detectives from forces across southern England to investigate serious crime.

He described the regional squad, which he left in 1994, as like Colditz, the second world war prison. "You put all the clever ones, all the brains, in one office, and you got the cleverest scams. There were no better criminals in the country . . . I was a member of the most professional criminal cartel that Britain has ever produced."

MacLaughlin said hundreds of thousands of pounds were siphoned from police funds through the creation of phantom informants. "If we got anonymous information that there was going to be a deal involving, say, 25 kilos of coke [cocaine], straightaway you would create an imaginary informant. Then a friend would come in and sign a bit of paper and maybe receive up to £40,000 reward money."

Another practice was to sell drugs which were seized on raids. "Drugs were recycled all the time. If you found 15 kilos of coke, you produce 12 kilos and 3 would be sold. A kilo of coke you get UKP30,000 for, so you have made £90,000."

The claims are some of the most detailed made against Scotland Yard. MacLaughlin resigned in July. He was facing a discipline charge - which he denies - for allegedly removing paperwork relating to a murder investigation.

MacLaughlin does not admit to being involved in any of the crimes he alleges, though he does admit to holidaying in the Caribbean while on police assignment to trace a drug baron's assets. He said he did not feel guilty because he was not spending taxpayers' money, but cash from a Home Office reward fund. "I was no angel, I would go back to the Caribbean just when it suited me. The Met police had no idea. It just showed how incompetent they were," he said.

Roy Clark, deputy assistant commissioner of Scotland Yard, said that some of MacLaughlin's claims were false and others "wildly exaggerated". He said it was a pity that MacLaughlin was "not prepared to come forward and, if there was any truth in his suggestions, share his information with the anti-corruption squad".

Another former senior officer in the complaints bureau described MacLaughlin as an oddball who would have been sacked had he not resigned.

MacLaughlin claims that he was rebuffed when he tried to give information to Ian Quinn, the bureau's director. A Scotland Yard source dismissed the claim and said MacLaughlin had made an allegation to the bureau about the private life of a senior officer for which there was "not an iota of evidence".

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Hi Magpie... thanks for your excellent posts regarding the National Crime Squad.  The article that you highlighted from the Independent in 2002, in which three officers were suspended from duty for dealing in drugs - am I to assume that they were reinstated or did they get a cosy desk job following the uncovering of their scandalous activities, once the heat has died down and it had all been conveniently forgotten about?

 

As to the Observer article which was published in 2000, 'Elite Police Squad in Graft Probe', in which 52 officers were 'removed' from the National Crime Squad, facing allegations of corruption and malpractice, the article claims that as yet, no one had been prosecuted.  WHY? 

 

I think the posts that you provide with regards to police corruption South of the Border are fantastic in highlighting all these various cases, but Admin is very curious (as I'm sure others are!) as to what the actual outcome of all these scandals were.  I'm sure I could make an educated guess, but that's probably just the cynic (realist??) in me coming to the fore again...

 

Great posts Magpie.   


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Hi Admin. RE: elite National Crime Squad caught on a hidden camera using and dealing in cocaine. Curiosity killed the Cat which in turn enabled the MAGPIE to fly in and establish the outcome to this particular case. 

 

I have to say the outcome was quite surprising; here it is.


 

Friday, 10 January, 2003, 19:13 GMT

Drug ring police officers jailed
Heather Bossart, David Redfern, Mark Jennison
Bossart, Redfern and Jennison were elite officers
Two elite police officers who were caught on a hidden camera taking and dealing cocaine have been jailed.

The officers, who had served on the National Crime Squad, were trapped by the secret operation.

Sergeant David Redfern, 42, was jailed for running a drugs den at the home he shared with his mistress, Nicola Bladen.

Fellow Derbyshire police officer Sergeant Mark Jennison, 41, was sentenced to 12 months imprisonment after being found guilty of supplying and being in possession of drugs.

Mark Jennison
Jennison impersonating Freddie Mercury for charity
A total of nine defendants caught by the undercover operation were sentenced at Northampton Crown Court on Friday.

The court heard the group used the house in Derbyshire to take and share drugs with a serving prisoner and members of the public.

Judge Charles Wide QC passed sentence on all nine defendants, jailing Derbyshire Police Sergeant Redfern for three years nine months.

He had admitted supplying and possessing drugs.

Heather Bossart, 40, of Nottinghamshire Police was sentenced to 100 hours community service for possession of cocaine.

Jennison and Bossart were both serving with the National Crime Squad at the time of their arrests in April 2001.

Redfern and Bladen
Redfern and Bladen were caught on camera
The arrests followed the covert Operation Lancelot when fellow officers set up the camera at the house in Hilton after becoming suspicious.

That camera recorded Bladen, who was jailed for two years for possession and supply of cocaine, and Redfern and others snorting cocaine.

Judge Wide, QC told Redfern and Jennison said: "You more than most should know the harm that drugs can do.

"In exposing yourselves to criminals you compromised yourselves as police officers.

I am disappointed that these officers have brought the force into disrepute

Bob Wood, Derbyshire's deputy chief constable
"Drugs, particularly class A drugs, are a social curse. People who deal in drugs must expect custodial sentences."

Detective Superintendent Russell Day, of the National Crime Squad, said following the hearing: "This case demonstrates what happens when police officers let the public down.

"While we are pleased that all nine defendants have today been sentenced, this is tinged with shame and embarrassment."

Redfern and Jennison were dismissed from the Derbyshire force and Bossart was allowed to resign from the Nottinghamshire force.

Deputy chief constable of Derbyshire, Bob Wood said: "I am disappointed that these officers have brought the force into disrepute.

"The Derbyshire officers involved in the court case today have faced disciplinary action and have been dismissed from the force."


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Drug officer's sentence cut
David Redfern and Nicola Bladen
David Redfern and Nicola Bladen shared a house

An elite police officer who was jailed after he was caught on a hidden camera dealing and taking cocaine has had his sentence reduced.

David Redfern, 42, of Hilton, Derbyshire, a former sergeant who was sacked following his conviction, had his three-year-and-nine-month prison term cut by a year at the Court of Appeal.

He had served on the National Crime Squad for five years, but was caught in 2000 taking and supplying drugs on a video camera secretly installed by police in a house in Derbyshire he shared with his mistress.

Redfern had pleaded guilty to charges of being concerned in the supply of cocaine, offering to supply cocaine, two counts of possessing cocaine and perverting the course of justice.

Possessing ecstasy

At a hearing on Thursday, Mr Justice Hunt ruled the original sentence, imposed by Judge Charles Wide QC at Northampton Crown Court in January had been too severe.

Two of Redfern's co-defendants also had had their sentences cut at the appeal hearing.

Redfern's mistress Nicola Bladen, 36, had admitted five charges of supplying cocaine, one count of possessing cocaine, two counts of being concerned in the supply of cocaine and a charge of possessing ecstasy.

She had her two-year jail term reduced to one year.

Community service

The couple's friend Mark Hancock, 37, of Meynell Street, Derby, was given two years in jail after pleading guilty to possessing cocaine, offering to supply cannabis and supplying ecstasy.

He also had his sentence cut to one year.

Two of Redfern's colleagues were also arrested with him in April 2001 and sentenced for drugs offences.

Mark Jennison, 41, then a Derbyshire police sergeant, was jailed for 12 months after he was convicted of two counts of possession of cocaine and one count of supplying cocaine.

He has served his sentence and been released.

Heather Bossart, 40, a former Nottinghamshire police constable, admitted a charge of possessing cocaine and was sentenced to 100 hours community service.

 

 

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