Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
New Scotland Yard
8/10 The Broadway
London SW1H OBG
(Tel: 0207 230 1212)
CC Alison Saunders (DPP)
G McGill (CPS Head of Organised Crime Division)
Commander Neil Basu (Head of Operation Elveden)
Detective Inspector Daniel Smith (Operation Elveden)
John Whittingdale MP
George Eustice MP
Sir Gerald Howarth MP
5 December 2013
Dear Sir Bernard,
In January 2013 I submitted to Operation Eleveden a complaint against Piers Morgan and others regarding the illegal receipt of information from a Met police officer by Morgan when he was editor of the Daily Mirror. The evidence against Morgan could not have been stronger, because I supplied Elveden with a letter sent by Morgan to the PCC in which he admitted receiving information in circumstances which could only have been illegal. I attach a copy of the Morgan’s letter in facsimile.
Despite my requests that I be interviewed by Elevden and make a formal statement, Elveden denied my requests and eventually after six months of prevarication refused to investigate my complaints without giving any meaningful reason. This refusal was clearly absurd because they had a letter from Morgan admitting his guilt.
At that point I wrote to the DPP to complain about the failure to investigate a cast-iron complaint. . This prompted a referral of my complaint to the Metropolitan Police’s Directorate of Professional Standards, where it was dealt with by the head of that unit, Det Chief Superintendant Alaric Bonthron .
Mr Bonthron has had the complaint for more than three months. I have received nothing more than holding emails from him, the last of which was sent on 2 October. He has ignored my requests to meet him and has failed to answer my last email to him dated 8 October.
It is now more than ten months since I made the original complaint to Elveden and Morgan and the others mentioned in my complaint have still to be investigated. The evidence I have provided is unreservedly conclusive of the crimes alleged and the bald failure to investigate constitutes prima facie both misconduct in a public office and a perversion of the course of justice. The way to judge what has been going on is simple: just ask yourself what the general public would make of the Met’s behaviour in this matter.
Because I cannot get any meaningful response from anyone I have dealt with within the Met, I ask you, as the head of the force, to intervene and ensure an investigation into my complaints is begun immediately. I also seek a meeting with you to discuss the matter.
I include in this email my complete correspondence directly with Elveden and the other correspondence arising from Eleveden’s behaviour.
Sent: Friday, 6 December 2013, 12:18
Subject: RE: The Met’s Directorate of Professional standards still refuses to meet me
Sent: Friday, 6 December 2013, 11:54
Subject: Your Correspondence with the Commissioner Concerning Operation Elveden.