Met Police waiting on horse meat ‘crime’ evidence

15:32 12 February 2013

A worker handles meat at the Doly-Com abattoir, one of the two units checked by Romanian authorities in the horse meat scandal. Picture: (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

A worker handles meat at the Doly-Com abattoir, one of the two units checked by Romanian authorities in the horse meat scandal. Picture: (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe said they will need evidence of criminal activity before starting any investigation into the horse meat food scandal.

MPs were today debating the issue in a House of Commons debate called by Labour while environment secretary Owen Paterson was today meeting representatives of supermarkets and food suppliers.

Mr Hogan Howe said today: “We’ve talked to the Food Standards Agency and what we’ve asked them to do is to give us any evidence that they’ve got of a crime, and of course we will investigate.

“People have got suspicions, I think the minister said there are two broad options, which is either negligence or criminal conspiracy.

“They are the options, but of course we can’t investigate to see which of the options is true, we just need some information to help us.

“Secondly it sounds like there will be a jurisdictional issue. If there is a crime, is it one that has been committed within the UK, or is it one that has been committed abroad?

“When we’ve established those two things, we will know whether or not we take any further action.

“There has to be some evidence or intelligence at least on which to base an investigation. At the moment there’s clearly suspicion, but not enough yet to start off an investigation.”

Mr Paterson briefed senior colleagues including the Prime Minister at the weekly meeting of Cabinet in 10 Downing Street today.

Tomorrow, he will travel to Brussels to speak to counterparts in EU countries, amid increasing concern that the incorrectly labelled products have entered the human food chain.

Sign up for our news alerts today!

Our editors' picks for the day's top news delivered to your inbox or phone.

Sign up for email alerts Sign up for mobile alerts
1
2 3 4 5 6
7

Latest Crime news

Wednesday, September 2, 2015
Police would like to identify this man (Picture: Met Police)

A 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted in broad daylight on a route 85 bus in Wandsworth and police are now appealing for help to find her attacker.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Two teenagers were stabbed in a knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night.

A knife fight in George Lane, South Woodford, last night left two teenagers in hospital with serious stab wounds.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The child and man were found dead in Colville Square, Notting Hill

A mother from Notting Hill has denied murdering her boyfriend and four-year-old daughter at their west London home.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
Do you recognise this man? (Photo: Metropolitan Police)

Detectives are looking for the man in this CCTV picture after a man was viciously attacked with a belt on Brick Lane.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
A body is removed from Picardy house on Cedar Road in Enfield (Sophie Halle-Richards/PA Wire)

A man who was shot dead by police in Enfield after allegedly wielding a firearm in a block of flats has been named as James Fox.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015
The victim was attacked at a home on Shrewsbury Road (Photo: Goolge StreetView)

A murder investigation is underway after a man was killed in a fight at a home in Shrewsbury Hill yesterday.

What is this?

Near You Now

Don't Miss...

Competitions

Get ready to take in the beautiful sights of London from above!

Are you always seeking unique ways to see your favourite city? This one is for you.

Read more
Shop till you drop!

Home to top name brands at great prices, TK Maxx is more like a treasure hunt than a shop. Perfect for grabbing a bargain or some hidden gems, you arm yourself with a trolley and go wild.

Read more
Scones, jam and a cup of Earl Grey anyone?

Luxury boutique hotel Flemings Mayfair has recently launched The Drawing Room, London’s most stylish location for afternoon tea.

Read more