Mr Dominic Grieve PC MP
20 Victoria Street
Alison Saunders Chief Crown Prosecutor (London)
Gregor McGill (CPS: Head of Organised Crime Division)
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (Met Commissioner)
Commander Neil Basu (Head of Operation Elveden)
Detective Inspector Daniel Smith (Operation Elveden)
John Whittingdale MP
George Eustice MP
Sir Gerald Howarth MP
19 September 2013
Dear Mr Grieve,
Operation Elveden are failing to investigate serious crimes committed by the Daily Mirror for which they have cast iron evidence.
The full story is in the correspondence I reproduce below. (The correspondence is divided into two sections – that with Elevden and that with the CPS). However, I realise that you are an immensely busy man, so to take you to instantly to the heart of the corrupt behaviour of Operation Elveden please read first the attached facsimile letter Piers Morgan sent to the PCC whilst editor of the Daily Mirror. In this letter he admits receiving information from the Metropolitan Police in circumstances which can only be illegal, viz: “The police source of our article (whose identity we have a moral obligation to protect)…”.
The other document you need to read is my initial email (dated 21 January 2013) to the then head of Operation Elveden Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Kavanagh – see first document below this letter. That will give you the background to and the range of crimes Elveden are failing to investigate.
I have provided Eleveden with a copy of Morgan’s letter, together with other evidence of criminal behaviour on the part of the Mirror’s erstwhile Chief Crime Reporter Jeff Edwards, in receiving information illicitly from the police. I have also supplied Elveden with evidence that both Morgan and Edwards perjured themselves before the Leveson Inquiry. Finally, there is the misconduct of the police in not investigating these crimes for which they have cast-iron evidence.
The behaviour of Operation Elveden has been extraordinary. They have ignored my repeated requests to be interviewed and provide a formal statement. Astonishingly my only contact with them has been through written correspondence.
Despite having the Piers Morgan letter (amongst other very strong evidence), DI Daniel Smith (see letter dated 13 June 2013) informed me that no investigation would be undertaken without giving any meaningful explanation.
The Metropolitan Police’s ’ Department for Professional Standards is supposedly investigating the failure of Operation Elveden to investigate the crimes I have reported to them. However, no one from that department has contacted me. In addition, Elveden have failed to answer my request that they give me the contact details and names of those conducting the investigation (see my email to DI Daniel Smith dated 6 Sept 2013).
As you will see from the correspondence, I have also tried without success to get the DPP to act on what is a clear failure on the part of the police to investigate serious crimes . That is the reason I now write to you. I realise that the police are meant to be independent of the DPP and the DDP is meant to be independent of the law officers. However, this is a wholly exceptional circumstance because we are clearly deep into who shall guard the guards territory, with the police blatantly failing to do their duty to investigate very clear and serious crimes. If the police are not brought to book over this, it means they are a law unto themselves.
I ask you to take up this matter and to use your influence to get my allegations of criminality investigated thoroughly. I would greatly welcome a meeting with you to discuss the matter.