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A police officer has been charged with "inappropriate receipt of payments for confidential information" a crime with a maximum sentence of being politely asked to retire.
A 48-year-old man was arrested at an address outside London this morning by Scotland Yard officers in connection with allegations of "inappropriate payments to police". The Met said in a short statement that the unnamed man was detained on suspicion of corruption as part of Operation Elveden. That probe, supervised by the …
They said he "was in the process of being taken to a police station"? Does this take so long that they cannot be sure it is completed?
Mine's the one with the ... oh, no: that one doesn't go with my ... er ... on the other hand, it's a bit nippy out there ... yes, I'm coming! I'm coming! Be quiet and let me think! ... please take these cuffs off so that I can change my coat ... now take the cuffs off the coat stand ... you're not going to arrest me wearing that?! I can't be arrested wearing the same coat as you!
I am actually intrigued by the so called names, Weeting, Elveden, places close together in Norfolk. This police force also has been / should be investigated for .......
So why ARE they named after these villages, they are also not so far from Soham, nor Bury St Edmunds where filth was found on a police computer.
The intrigue thickens.
The British police deliberately give their operations meaningless but memorable names - British military do the same - so that the purpose of the operation isn't obvious. This means that even if the name of a large scale, secret operation leaks out, potential targets wont know that it's aimed at them. This is in contrast to US military, where operation names are typically some grandiose bollocks that give the game away.
Of course the Police officers accepting the payments wont be punished.
A good exampe outside the Met was a custody sergeant in Folkestone Kent who for years was bringing in booze and cigarrettes and selling them on to Police officers and CPS staff.
He was caught after six years and prosecuted and he had kept meticulous records of all his clients in the station and the CPS office, some of whom even paid by cheque!
The judge in the case called for an investigation of those who knowingly purchased the goods and unsurprisingly Kent Police swept the entire thing under the carpet and not a single person outside of the guy convicted recieved even words of advice!
So anyone expecting the plod to sacrfice its own for wrongdoing is going to be waiting a long long time.
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