Ex-Policeman Arrested over Axe Murder 21 Years Ago; Victim:Danny Morgan

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Byline: Charlotte Gill

A FORMER policeman is among five men arrested on suspicion of the murder21 years ago of a private detective who was on the verge of exposing policecorruption.

Danny Morgan, 37, was found with an axe embedded in his head outside a pub inSydenham, South London, in March 1987.

His family believes the fatherof-two was murdered by a professional hitmanbecause he had unearthed evidence of a drugs network involving corruptMetropolitan Police officers.

As well as the five held on suspicion of murder, a sixth man, who is a servingMet officer, has been arrested on suspicion of misconduct in a public office.

It is thought the 24-year-old police constable was leaking information aboutthe current inquiry into the murder.

The arrests come after a fresh police investigation, which was launched threeyears ago. Four previous inquiries failed to bring anyone to justice.

The case has been mired in allegations of a cover-up and has cast a shadow overthe London force.

Two of those arrested on suspicion of murder are former Met detective sergeantSid Fillery and Jonathan Rees, who ran a private detective agency with MrMorgan called Southern Investigations.

Fillery, now 61, was assigned to the initial investigation into the murder.

Rees, now 53, was arrested as the original prime suspect but released withoutcharge.

During a subsequent inquiry he was charged with the murder but the case wasdropped before coming to trial. Fillery was arrested in 1989 by detectivesinvestigating the murder but released without charge. A few years ago he movedto Norfolk to run a pub.

The others to have been arrested on suspicion of murder are Garry Vian, 47, whowas jailed for drug dealing three years ago, his brother Glenn, 49, andbusinessman James Cook, 53. The serving police officer is understood to be DeanVian, the son of Garry.

Two of the men were arrested when they attended Charing Cross police station byappointment yesterday. …