Daniel Morgan’s son calls findings of the report a ‘national shame’

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The son of Daniel Morgan has labelled the findings of a report into his father’s death a “national shame”. And he has criticised the Metropolitan Police for its response to the report.

A report by an independent panel accused the Met of “a form of institutional corruption”. This was for concealing or denying failings over the unsolved murder.

Morgan was killed with an axe in the car park of a pub in south-east London in March 1987. He was a private detective at the time.

Despite five police inquiries and an inquest, no one has faced justice over Morgan’s killing. The force has admitted corruption over the original murder investigation.

Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report
The panel accused the Met of ‘a form of institutional corruption’ (Kirsty O’Connor/PA)

No consequences

Morgan’s son, also named Daniel, was four when his father died. He has hit out at the Met for not accepting the panel’s findings. He told the BBC:

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It’s a personal tragedy for us and a national shame.

It’s difficult to feel proud of being a Londoner when the people who protect us have failed, and are allowed to fail and there’s no consequence for those failings

Commissioner Cressida Dick said it was a “matter of great regret that no-one has been brought to justice and that our mistakes have compounded the pain suffered by Daniel’s family”.

However, she hit back at the findings as she defended Scotland Yard’s work and her job.

Lacking credibility

Morgan said in response:

I think we’ve heard enough apologies… what they’ve said doesn’t give us grounds for confidence that they can approach the follow-up work that’s clearly required from a document with such gravity.

He also said:

I just don’t see the Metropolitan Police as a credible organisation and what they say makes it to me feel even less credible.

And frankly it makes me angry.

Morgan has previously declined to have his photograph taken or do a television interview. He’s said that he likes to keep a “level of anonymity”.

Findings

Led by baroness Nuala O’Loan, the panel found the Met put protecting its own reputation above finding Morgan’s killer.

The panel’s report said:

Concealing or denying failings, for the sake of the organisation’s public image, is dishonesty on the part of the organisation for reputational benefit and constitutes a form of institutional corruption.

The Met admitted in 2011 that corruption in its ranks had hampered the grossly inadequate first investigation into Morgan’s murder. During this investigation, the force left the murder scene left unsearched and unguarded.

A ‘cancerous’ culture

Morgan added

I think the commissioner should consider her position.

A lot of this happened way before she was ever the commissioner but she is a continuation of the same culture, I’m afraid.

The culture of the Metropolitan Police is cancerous and I think the only way that you get rid of cancer is you cut it out.

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