Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Justice Still Needs to Be Done for Yard to Police London Effectively; COMMENT Evening Standard

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Justice Still Needs to Be Done for Yard to Police London Effectively; COMMENT Evening Standard

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TODAY'S revelations about the death of Blair Peach at the hands of police officers should be a cause of shame to the Metropolitan Police.

Met Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson deserves credit for publishing the long-suppressed report. The fact remains, however, that a police officer was in all likelihood guilty of killing Mr Peach, yet none have been brought to justice.

The 1979 report voices "grave suspicion" that an policeman identified only as "officer E", from Special Patrol Group van number U11, was responsible for the blow to Mr Peach's head that killed him, delivered with a truncheon or a police radio. Officers with the SPG, disbanded after Mr Peach's death, were proven at the time to carry illegal weapons such as weighted coshes.

There can be little doubt that there are retired police officers today that know who killed Mr Peach, yet they will not speak. That is a disgrace to the Met uniforms they once wore.

The parallels with the death of Ian Tomlinson at last year's G20 summit protests are inescapable. …

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