Operation Countryman

Four detectives go on trial at Old Bailey

The Guardian, February 2 1982

Four London detectives who were charged after the Operation Countryman inquiry into police corruption yesterday denied planting evidence, concocting false confessions and extracting money from criminals.
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Detectives were taped "making deal" with crime suspects

The Guardian, February 3 1982

Two London criminals secretly tape-recorded a conversation in which police officers demanded £1,500 from one of them as the price for not 'fitting him up' with a crime he had not committed, an Old Bailey jury heard yesterday.
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Detectives "sold bail at £10,000 a head"

The Guardian, June 8 1982

Two detectives sold bail to alleged armed robbers at £10,000 a head and then weakened the evidence against them so that they would not he convicted, an Old Bailey court was told yesterday.

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"Commander and other detectives shared bribe cash", court told

The Guardian, June 9 1982

Police demanded £160,000 in bribes during the inquiry into a robbery at Williams and Glyn's Bank in 1977, it was alleged at the Old Bailey yesterday.
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Middleman who fixed bail accuses detective

The Guardian, June 10 1982

A man arrested for armed robbery who was jeopardising a corrupt police operation was unexpectedly offered bail, released from custody and then reported missing from his home, an Old Bailey court was told yesterday.
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Accused detective 'gave £10 notes to junior officer'

The Guardian, June 17 1982

A junior detective yesterday told the Operation Countryman trial how a chief inspector gave him wads of £5 and 110 notes as gifts during a robbery inquiry.

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Commander 'tipped off detective about corruption inquiry'

The Guardian, June 18 1982

An allegedly corrupt London detective was secretly tape-recorded as he discussed his past with an underworld informer, a lawyer's clerk and other officers, an Old Bailey jury heard yesterday.

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Accused detective spoke of police corruption 'to the top of the tree'.

The Guardian, June 23 1982

In a secretly tape-recorded conversation a London detective named an array of senior officers who he said were involved in corruption which went “to the top of the tree.”

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Accused detective denies corruption

The Guardian, June 29 1982

Detective Chief Inspector Philip Cuthbert, accused of corruption, yesterday described to a jury at the Old Bailey his 23-year career in the police, which had seen him become the youngest detective sergeant in the history of the City of London Police.

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Detective retracts his claims of corruption

The Guardian, July 2 1982

A senior detective on trial at the Old Bailey in London yesterday retracted an accusation of corruption against Commander Hugh Moore, third in command in the City of London police.
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Police commander apologises for misleading court

The Guardian, July 7 1982

Commander Hugh Moore, third in command of the City of London police force, apologised to an Old Bailey jury yesterday for giving them misleading evidence in the Operation Countryman trial.
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Corruption and obstruction: the inside story of Countryman

The Guardian, July 21 1982

A particularly violent armed robber got married in south London a few years ago. Some of London's heaviest criminals listened to the telegrams read out at the reception. The most popular came from a squad of bent detectives. "Best wishes from one good firm to another," it said.
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Detectives Cuthbert and Goldbourn are jailed

The Guardian, July 21 1982

Two London detectives were gaoled on conspiracy charges at the Old Bailey yesterday - the first officers to be successfully prosecuted as a result of the Operation Countryman inquiry into police corruption.
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Prime Minister defends Scotland Yard over corruption inquiry

The Guardian, July 23 1982

The Prime Minister yesterday defended the Metropolitan Police in general, and their behaviour during the Operation Countryman inquiry into police corruption in particular.
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Liberals press for action on police corruption

The Guardian, July 24 1982
with Michael White

The Liberal leader, Mr David Steel, is to confront the Home Secretary, Mr William Whitelaw, with new allegations of corruption in the London police at a meeting next week.
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Minister hints at more Countryman trials as Yard sacks accused detective

The Guardian, July 27 1982
with Aileen Ballantyne

Further proceedings may arise from the Operation Countryman investigation into police corruption, Mr Patrick Mayhew, Minister of State at the Home Office, said yesterday.
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Home Secretary considers public inquiry into police corruption

July 30 1982

Mr William Whitelaw, the Home Secretary, last night agreed to consider setting up an inquiry into police corruption in London along the lines of Lord Scarman's inquiry into the 1981 riots.
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Pressure grows to revive Countryman inquiry

The Guardian, August 2 1982

The suspension of a detective over the weekend has increased concern over police corruption in London, and intensified pressure to revive the Operation Countryman inquiry.
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Countryman chief accuses Yard of obstucting his inquiry

The Guardian, August 3 1982

The Home Office, the Director of Public Prosecutions, the Attorney-General and the Deputy Commissioner of Scotland Yard were all dragged into the crossfire over police corruption by Granada Television's World in Action programme last night.
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War of words over obstruction of Countryman

The Guardian, August 4 1982

The Deputy Commissioner of Scotland Yard and the Director of Public Prosecutions yesterday both issued partial replies to the accusations made by the former head of the Operation Countryman inquiry into police corruption.
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The long history of obstruction and corruption in Scotland Yard

The Guardian, August 4 1982

“It was the firm within the firm going to work. This is a body of corrupt policemen which has always been there… If one is in trouble, they all close ranks… It has got tentacles everywhere”  Alf Sheppard, a convicted criminal, speaking on Granada Television's World in Action as Monday night.
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The Daily Mail comes out to defend Scotland Yard

The Guardian, August 5 1982

Provincial police yesterday dismissed reports that Scotland Yard had uncovered a new corruption scandal in their ranks as 'misleading.'
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Home Secretary blocks new moves on police corruption

The Guardian, October 22 1982

Mr William Whitelaw, the Home Secretary, last night replied to the controversy over police corruption in London by refusing to hold a public inquiry and cutting the strength of the Operation Countryman investigation.
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Met chief attacks Countryman claims

The Guardian, October 25 1982

The retired Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir David McNee, yesterday produced a stinging attack on the Operation Countryman inquiry into policy corruption, which contradict's Countryman's version of events and also contains factual inaccuracies.
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