Child sex offences & allegations of a cover up–Assembly questions Met

25 March 2015

This meeting took place on 26 March 2015. Read the transcript here.

“These allegations are of historic, high level corruption of the most serious nature.”

Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) Deputy Chair, Sarah Green (March 2015).[1]

There are 16 referrals to the IPCC for allegations of corruption in the Metropolitan Police. These allegations relate to child sex offences and include suppressing evidence, hindering or halting investigations and covering up the offences because of the involvement of Members of Parliament and police officers.

The London Assembly Police and Crime Committee will tomorrow question the Metropolitan Police and the Mayor’s Office for Policing and Crime (MOPAC) about the allegations, from 11.00am.

Other questions will focus on preventing extremism. The Committee may also discuss the increase in murders in the capital during 2015 and the outsourcing of back-office services at the Met.

The guests are;

  • Stephen Greenhalgh, Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, (MOPAC)
  • Craig Mackey, Deputy Commissioner, Metropolitan Police Service

Prior to this discussion, from 10am, the Chair of the London Policing Ethics Panel (LPEP), Lord Carlile, will discuss the findings of LPEP’s first investigation into the ethical challenges of policing in London. The LPEP was launched in April 2014 in response to several high profile incidents, including allegations that undercover police officers had tried to gather information on the family of Stephen Lawrence following his murder.

The meeting will take place on Thursday 26 March from 10.00am in the Chamber at City Hall (The Queen’s Walk, London SE1).

Media and members of the public are invited to attend.

The meeting can also be viewed via webcast.

Notes to editors

Notes for Editors:

  1. IPCC to investigate allegations of historic corruption relating to child sexual abuse in the Metropolitan Police
  2. Full Agenda papers.
  3. Joanne McCartney AM, Chair of the Police and Crime Committee is available for interview. See contact details below.
  4. As well as investigating issues that matter to Londoners, the London Assembly acts as a check and a balance on the Mayor.

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