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Top Cop Blair complains his lies were leaked.

imcista | 28.05.2006 17:29 | SOCPA | Repression | Social Struggles | London

Sir Ian Blair, Met Police Commissioner, has complained that the fact he lied about the cost of trashing Brian Haw's demonstration was leaked to the press. In an extraordinary e-mail to Metropolitan Police Authority members and officials he wrote:

"I am disappointed by what seems to be a leak to the press out of what is an ordinary and internal meeting. Such behaviour appears to be contrary to the values of the organisation and this will be looked into accordingly."

Members of the Metropolitan Police Authority had already criticised the force after hearing of the scale of the effort.

Asked on Thursday how much the police operation to remove Brian's signs had cost, Blair came up with the figure of £7,500.


But astonishingly, the following day, when the issue was discussed by the Met's management board, the true figure of £27,754 was divulged. Within hours, details of the meeting were passed to a journalist, who contacted Scotland Yard for a comment.

That afternoon, Sir Ian admitted that he had misled the authority, as the true cost of dismantling the anti-war protester Brian Haw's placards, including officers' pay, was £27,754.


A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "There is an inquiry under way into the coverage of matters discussed at a meeting on May 26."



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  1. the pc blair — weegee
  2. shame — malc