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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19 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

  2. joekano76 says:

    Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth.

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  4. 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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  12. Grimstock66 says:

    The real story of the Boston mafia control of the Met. during the 70’s in linking the ability to sell drugs and engage in evermore serious crimes and racketeering with the full support and assistance of the police through secret society connections is an avenue threatening to expose truths which few reporters would ever dare touch as it would reveal the link between European royals, mafia, and the international drugs trade; until the Sicilians moved into London and started cleaning things up from around 1976/77; then starting to bring a halt to the unhindered lawlessness, and setting up their headquarters in the unused new Finsbury Park “fortress” (that the Krays had bought and renovated prior to their removal from the scene), and helping to remove the Boston control of London in the process. The minor (by comparison) misdeeds of the Obscene Publications Branch took the fall in order to satisfy public hunger for action and to save the real story being exposed.

    • grimstock says:

      However, the clean-up carried out by the Italians was only to remove the uniquely american “in your face” criminality, and the publicly visible bank raids and racketeering, so that the rest of the unlawful scams may be hidden from the public. One example of this was the Friday-night collections of cash (originally demanding money with menaces/protection money) from local businesses by local uniformed police, (so normal in New York that businesses normally have the money ready in an envelope by Friday afternoon ready and waiting). A scam that previously had involved local criminals and had been stopped in its tracks and outlawed under the Kray twins control, as attacks against honest and hard-working businessmen could only damage their reputation. Boston had always controlled the West-end nightlife of London, and Albany Street police station had been their long-time buddies in crime. All the money was shared out equally on the Friday night and passed up the ladder to the highest levels of the MET, even in North and East London following the incarcerations of the twins. But the key to the whole thing was the royal shipments of mafia-obtained drugs into the capitol and suburbs which the twins had prevented, due to their reluctance to get involved in drugs. They had been given drugs to sell by the Boston mafia, but these had been stashed in a very secure but very visible unique storage device so that nobody could access them without being shot on sight, if my information is correct. Many other scams continued unabated. Good and honest police had been “taken out” for reporting any of the scams.

  13. Grimstock66 says:

    Met response to Daniel Morgan report a ‘betrayal of the public’, says author.
    An independent panel report into the Met’s failings over the 1987 unsolved murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan accused the force of “institutional corruption” when it was published last month.
    Baroness O’Loan, the chair of the independent panel, told the London Assembly’s police and crime committee on Wednesday that the Met’s response to the report was “most disappointing” and “illustrates the problem”.
    The peer said: “The Metropolitan Police has placed concern for its reputation above the public interest. There has been dishonesty for the benefit of the reputation of the organisation and that is institutional corruption. And the statements made on behalf of the Met have continued to lack candour, even after the publication of our report, when they referred specifically only to the failings in the first investigation.
    “This is a betrayal of the family and it’s also a betrayal of the public, and of good, honest officers. And it will diminish trust – that activity, that behaviour – within the Met. It will diminish trust in the organisation.” READ MORE:
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/newslondon/met-response-to-daniel-morgan-report-a-betrayal-of-the-public-says-author/ar-AAMpb2k?li=BBoPWjQ

  14. Grimstock66 says:

    At the time of his death, Daniel Morgan had been investigating information concerning international shipments and importation/ dealing of drugs – in particular cocaine – which he could not go to the police with because of their underground connections with the underworld, and had been hoping to sell the story to News of the World (from 18.00 of the video). A Crimewatch presenter, Jacqui Hames (Michael Hames’ detective ex-wife), after featuring the new investigation of the murder of Mr. Morgan on the show – with her new husband Detective Superintendent David Cook (who was then in charge of the Morgan case) their phones were then being hacked and their children were being targeted and filmed by persons working for News of the World.
    https://edition.cnn.com/2012/11/29/opinion/hacking-victim-hames/index.html

  15. Grimstock66 says:

    Cops Criminals Corruption – a study of a few different cases and well put together, but fails to touch on the “elephant in the room” of secret society networking, and the conflicting oaths involved.

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