Response to the publication of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel report

The Metropolitan Police Service deeply regrets our failure to bring those responsible for the murder of Daniel Morgan to justice.

There is no doubt our failings compounded the pain suffered by Daniel’s family and for this we profoundly apologise.

We accept corruption and the malicious acts of corrupt individuals were a major factor in the failure of the first investigation.

We have worked hard to put the actions of these individuals right ever since.

The Met of today is not the Met of 34 years ago. We’ve transformed how we investigate homicide and major crimes as well as how we identify misconduct, root out corruption, liaise with families, work professionally with the media, handle informants and conduct forensics, covert operations and vetting.

In the Met, we want to be the most trusted police service in the world. We are working to earn this trust by being true to our values of professionalism, integrity, courage and compassion.

 Assistant Commissioner Nick Ephgrave, who leads the MPS response to the Panel, said:

“To this day, those responsible for Daniel’s murder have not been brought to justice. I apologise for this. As a former senior investigating officer on homicide, this is personally and professionally a matter of deep regret for me.

I’m angered and saddened not just as a police officer, but as a member of society, that the actions of individuals undermined the original investigation. 

“Since Daniel’s murder, we’ve completely overhauled our ability to identify corruption and ensure every officer and member of staff understands their responsibility to stand up for our fundamental values of integrity, compassion and courage.

“But that does not mean we are complacent. The threat of corruption is constantly evolving. I am confident we have never been better at finding corruption and getting rid of it.”

 

Assistant commissioner Nick Ephgrave
AC Nick Ephgrave

 Commissioner Cressida Dick said:

 “I would like to acknowledge, both personally and on behalf of the Met, the extraordinary resilience and determination of Daniel Morgan’s family in their pursuit of the truth and conviction of those responsible for his murder.

“It is 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. For that I apologise again now.

I have been personally determined that the Met provided the Panel with the fullest level of co-operation in an open and transparent manner, with complete integrity at all times.

“I recognise this is a powerful and wide-ranging report. We will take the necessary time to consider it and the associated recommendations in their entirety.”

Since the murder of Daniel the Met has continually sought justice for him and his family.

Within a month six men, three civilians and three police officers, were arrested on suspicion of murder. Others have been arrested throughout the six major investigations into the killing, but to date no one has been successfully convicted.

Thousands of lines of inquiry have been pursued. There have been numerous independent assessments and five forensic reviews. The most recent of these concluded in 2012.

There still remains a possibility of solving this murder. Our work to make that happen will not stop no matter how much time passes.

A new forensic review of a series of exhibits linked to this case has been commissioned. This is a process conducted periodically in all unsolved homicides.

In other cases significant advances in DNA and forensic technology have led to new and compelling evidence coming to light and successful convictions.

We also know there are people who hold vital information who have been unable for whatever reason to pass that to us.

There is a £50,000 cash reward for information leading to the successful prosecution of those responsible for the murder.

This is one of the largest rewards ever made available by a UK police service.

We would urge anyone with information about those responsible for Daniel’s murder to come forward and call our dedicated information line on 0203 276 7816 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.