Met Commissioner to be quizzed by City Hall over undercover officers

08:26 27 June 2013

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said the Lawrence family smear allegations are disgraceful if true. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe has said the Lawrence family smear allegations are disgraceful if true. Picture: Rebecca Naden/PA Wire

London police chiefs will today be “cross-examined” by representatives at City Hall over the Metropolitan Police’s use of undercover officers.

Earlier this week, a former Scotland Yard undercover officer claimed he had been involved in an operation to smear on the family of murdered teenager Stephen Lawrence in a bid to discredit their campaign for justice.

Peter Francis made allegations, published in the Guardian, that he had been asked to dig for “dirt” on the family following the 18-year-old’s murder in 1993.

Today, Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, who has said the force will apologise if the allegations turn out to be true, and Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime Stephen Greenhalgh will be quizzed by the London Assembly’s police and crime committee.

As well questions on the “deployment and supervision of undercover officers”, the pair will be asked about the expansion of Taser deployment in London and the Commissioner’s dealings with journalists during the “Plebgate” affair.

Commissioner Hogan-Howe recently admitted to having failed to make records of his conversations he had with journalists in the wake of the scandal, in breach of the force’s own rules.

From 10am, Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey is expected to answer questions on matters including community reassurance following the death of soldier Lee Rigby. The Commissioner is expected to be in attendance from around 11.30am.

Police and crime committee deputy chair Jenny Jones, Green Party Group leader, tweeted this morning: “Today at City Hall, we’ll be cross examining Met Commissioner on #UndercoverCops from 1130. But will we get answers with real content?”

Related articles

Latest Stories from SNAP.PA

Their version of Sir Elton John’s Something About The Way You Look saw Only the Young voted off Saturday’s show.

Read more

Claudia Winkleman received a warm welcome and managed to hold off the tears as she returned to presenting Strictly Come Dancing.

Read more

A knot of very hardy Liverpool supporters will be travelling to Bulgaria this week to watch their team play Ludogorets. Welcome to Razgrad!

Read more

Promotions

Gamucci is a global leader and premier brand of electronic cigarettes

Gamucci has an electronic cigarette tailored for every need! We have a range of both disposable and rechargeable electronic cigarettes suitable for all adult smokers. And for a limited time we’re offering up to 40% off.

Money saving Christmas gifts to add to your shopping list!

It’s nearly time to go on the hunt for Christmas presents, stuck on what to get for your nearest and dearest? We’ve picked out a selection of great deals to get you started and to help you save some pennies!

Protesters have been warned they are banned from setting up camp at the landmark.

John Cantlie features in the new IS video, in which he talks about a recent failed military attack.

From Britain First’s Facebook posts, you would assume they’d won the Rochester by-election. They didn’t, but they’re claiming it anyway.

At 100 years old, this was Ruby Holt’s first visit to the beach – and the first time she saw the ocean.

TOP Stories

10:05
Fourteen people were injured in the blast at the Churchill Hyatt Regency Hotel in Portman Square

The Churchill Hyatt Regency hotel in Portman Square, central London, was rocked by a massive explosion last night.

Yesterday, 20:07
The statue of Nelson Mandela surrounded by security fencing in Parliament Square [Photograph by @OccupyLondon]

Around 40 protesters from activist group Occupy Democracy had a wet and windy night in Westminster as they attempted to ‘take back’ Parliament Square and ‘free Nelson Mandela’.

Yesterday, 17:23
World Champion Parkour athlete, Tim Shieff, leaps across a ledge in some naked free-running in central London (Picture: Beautiful Crime/Jason Paul)

What’s more daring than leaping across London rooftops and free-running atop buildings? Doing it completely naked, that’s what.

London Bloggers

Friday, November 14, 2014
Bird says back up your data

What happened after a friend of mine lost basically everything he’d created in the last 5 years:

Thursday, October 30, 2014
The Appilepsy team: Phil Efstathiou, Alex Telek , Clarence Ji, Miklos Molnar, Joran van Apeldoorn

In Tech City, things move fast. And sometimes erratically. Like phones in the pockets of people having epileptic seizures.

Friday, October 24, 2014
The 91-year-old gave the cyclist a wallop

After Baroness Sharples bragged about walloping a cyclist, London24’s cycling blogger AViewOfLondon has this to say...