An inspection of the Metropolitan Police Service’s counter-corruption arrangements and other matters related to the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel
22 March 2022
On 10 March 1987, Daniel Morgan, a 37-year-old private investigator, was murdered in a car park behind the Golden Lion public house in Sydenham, London. He had been struck on the head with an axe.
There have been several investigations and reviews into Mr Morgan’s death, none of which have led to a conviction for his murder. From an early stage, there were concerns that police corruption played a part in the murder, the failure to bring his killer to justice, or both.
In 2013, the Home Secretary set up the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel (DMIP). On 15 June 2021, the Home Secretary published the DMIP’s 1,251-page report. It contained excoriating criticism of the MPS. The Panel concluded that some aspects of the MPS’s approach amounted to “institutional corruption”.
On 16 July 2021, in the light of the report’s criticism, the Home Secretary commissioned HMICFRS to inspect the MPS under section 54(2B) of the Police Act 1996.
Their role wasn’t to reinvestigate the murder; it was to consider opportunities for organisational learning from all the Daniel Morgan investigations and reviews, and assess how the MPS responded to them.
They were asked to consider the MPS’s response to the DMIP’s requests for disclosure and access to material during the inquiry, and to assess the MPS’s understanding of, and response to, police corruption.