Operation Countryman – Metropolitan Police Corruption

Operation Countryman was an investigation into police corruption that ran from 1978 – 1982 [2] It was the fourth investigation into Metropolitan Police corruption in the seventies. The other three are briefly mentioned in this link on The Fall of Scotland Yard [6] . Unfortunately Countryman was another one which was derailed.

According to Steven Box, whose book extracts follow, 4 Commanders, 4 Chief Superintendents, 8 Superintendents, 15 Chief Inspectors and 6 Inspectors were suspects! [1] [1a]

The inquiry  was carried out by men from outside forces but suffered obstruction from the Met Police. The Chief Constable of Dorset Constabulary, Arthur Hambleton alleged that Countryman had been wilfully obstructed by Commissioner McNee and Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Thomas Hetherington. Thomas Hetherington is a name that crops up also when child abuse cases are not followed through, including Peter Hayman [8] and Dickens delivered at least one of his dossiers to Hetherington. Spotlights links are well worth reading on this  [8]

I have not had time to examine the FOI requests in depth on Operation Countryman on What Do They Know website [7]. It appears as though not much information on the investigation is left. The information was passed back to the Met police, which with the City of London Police, was one of the forces being investigated and henceforth it disappeared! The Home Office though do have some boxes of information.

Other relevance to my posts on child sexual abuse is that an an analysis of legal authorities, police and customs is necessary in ascertaining what happened as regards child sexual abuse in London. [4] [5]

Other posts relevant are cathy fox blog category Paedophilia around Piccadilly [4]. The posts on police corruption [6] will be used in the future post on how the police corruption might have affected the child sexual abuse investigations [5]

I include the 1982 Granada World in Action programme on Operation Countryman [3] obtained by Ian Puddick, but primarily this post includes a summary of Operation Countryman from Power, Crime and Mystification by Stephen Box, as well as an analysis of Police crime. You may have to click on the pages to enlarge them.

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1983 Steven Box Power, Crime and Mystification Tavistock Studies in Sociology [1] [1a]

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Please note that victims of abuse may be triggered by reading this information. These links are generally UK based.

  • The Sanctuary for the Abused [A] has advice on how to prevent triggers.
  • National Association for People Abused in Childhood [B] has a freephone helpline and has links to local support groups.
  • Other useful sites are One in Four [C]
  • and Havoca [D].
  • Useful post on Triggers [E]  from SurvivorsJustice [F]blog.
  • Jim Hoppers pages on Mindfulness [G]  and Meditation [H] may be useful.
  • Hwaairfan blog An Indigenous Australian Approach to Healing Trauma  [J]

Links

[1] 1983 Steven Box Power, Crime and Mystification Tavistock Studies in Sociology ISBN 0 422 76410 8

[1a]  1983 Steven Box Power, Crime and Mystification Amazon http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/041504572X?keywords=Power%2C%20Crime%20and%20Mystification&qid=1457188875&ref_=sr_1_1&sr=8-1

[2] Wikipedia Operation Countryman https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Countryman

[3] 1982 Granada World in Action (Banned) – Cleaning Up Scotland Yard https://youtu.be/Tcr6Ol7pKUU

[4] cathy fox blog category Paedophilia around Piccadilly https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/category/paedophilia-around-piccadilly/

[5] 2015 Sept 10 Cathy Fox Blog Lambeth Part 4 – Clive Driscoll The Truth about Child Sexual Abuse in Lambeth https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2015/09/10/lambeth-part-4-clive-driscoll-in-pursuit-of-the-truth/

[6] 2016 Feb 5  cathy fox blog The Fall of Scotland Yard https://cathyfox.wordpress.com/2016/02/05/the-fall-of-scotland-yard/

[7] What Do They Know Operation Countryman https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/search/operation%20countryman/all

[8] Spotlight on Abuse – Sir Thomas Hetherington https://spotlightonabuse.wordpress.com/tag/sir-thomas-hetherington/

 

 

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7 Responses to Operation Countryman – Metropolitan Police Corruption

  1. John Derbyshire says:

    Then if you move on a few years, the police it seems was a law unto themselves in North Wales and at the heart of it was Gordon Anglsea. One resident described North Wales as a Fiefdom run by the police who where a law unto themselves.
    Anglesea was arrested and charged last year by detectives from Operation Pallial, a National Crime Investigation into claims of historical sex offences in the North Wales care home system, and originally faced a total of seven charges between 1979 and 1987.

    Channel 4 news broadcast mentioned a senior North Wales Police Officer who abused Children at Bryn Estyn Children’s Home in 2012
    North Wales Superintendent Gordon Anglesea, named innumerable times by victims until they were silenced by the Courts.
    The Waterhouse Inquiry into abuse in North Wales was presided over by retired High Court Judge Waterhouse forbade the victims and the Press to name Gordon Anglesea. The Tribunal’s leading counsel Gerard Elias QC is a mason but he did not reveal the fact at the hearings. Elias is a member of a powerful judicial-political lodge called Dinas Llanda.
    source Justice Denied
    http://google-law.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/will-channel-4-name-freemason.html

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  3. Great post and really useful information as always – hope you are well and posted here Ian http://wp.me/p4NkMr-eX

    PS As l follow so many news posts have added your feed and comments feeds to my own publications app to get your posts sooner regards Ian

    • Ok thanks Ian. Its far better to cut and paste from my blog than use the orginalas mailed out, as I frequently add and correct for a day or so after publishing. eg most of this is added According to Steven Box, whose book extracts follow, 4 Commanders, 4 Chief Superintendents, 8 Superintendents, 15 Chief Inspectors and 6 Inspectors were suspects! [1] [1a]

      The inquiry was carried out by men from outside forces but suffered obstruction from the Met Police. The Chief Constable of Dorset Constabulary, Arthur Hambleton alleged that Countryman had been wilfully obstructed by Commissioner McNee and Director of Public Prosecutions Sir Thomas Hetherington. Thomas Hetherington is a name that crops up also when child abuse cases are not followed through, including Peter Hayman [8] and Dickens delivered at least one of his dossiers to Hetherington. Spotlights links are well worth reading on this [8]

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