This response has been received regarding Lambeth Police HQ in 1997. The information released is a series of press replies to be made IF ASKED
I write in response to your request for information that was received by
the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 03 July 2013. I apologise for the
delay in responding to you. I note that you seek access to the following
“In November 1997 a sex dungeon complete with manacles , chains , bedding
and a sleazy red light in Lambeth High-Security Police Head Quarters in
South London. Also found was a great quantity of child pornography. The
civilian staff who leaked the story were suspended and Officers from
Scotland Yard’s Criminal Investigation Bureau were called in.
How many police officers were convicted and what was their rank?
Where are the files stored?”
Following receipt of your request searches were conducted at the
Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS), Record Management Branch (the
department responsible for the retention of recorded files within the MPS)
and the Directorate of Media and Communication (DMC). The searches at the
DMC located a number of press lines that are relevant to your request. I
have disclosed this information to you. Please note that the MPS cannot
confirm whether these press lines accurately reflect the conclusion of the
investigation or comment upon the items that were allegedly found within
the police premises you refer to.
MPS Press Lines
Logged on 11 Nov 1997:
“IF ASKED: Approx two weeks ago, a CIB investigation began after certain
items were found in a small space at an MPS building in Lambeth.
The building is mainly used by civil support staff.
There is no suggestion that police officers are involved in this matter,
or that anyone was taken there under duress.
There is no evidence that any sexual activity actually took place at the
IF ASKED: Can confirm there are no police officers involved.”
Logged on 14th Nov 1997:
“IF ASKED: There have been no suspensions icw this enquiry.
IF ASKED: There are no police officers based at Lambeth. The building is
entirely a base for civil staff departments.”
Please note that the abbreviation ‘icw’ means ‘in connection with’.
The searches at the DPS and Records Management Branch failed to locate
information relevant to your request. Please note that, owing to the time
that has elapsed since the investigation into this incident, any files
relevant to this case would have been destroyed in accordance with the MPS
disposal schedule. Disciplinary investigation files are destroyed 6 years
after the conclusion of the investigation.
 Further requests about the incident have been made https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/lambeth_police_station_child_abu_2 about the incident
 Further request about the Mets policy of disposal of documents https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/disposal_policy_of_documents_met
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