A remarkable last minute submission from the Metropolitan police to the Leveson inquiry has been brought to my attention by the twitter user going by the name of @MrsTrevithick. The submission claims that as far back as 2009, senior investigating officers at the Metropolitan police had a strong belief that there was wider criminality at the News of the World and urged John Yates to re-open the inquiry – or get another police force to investigate.
The date of the submission was 21st November 2012 – almost too late to be included in the final deliberations of the team drafting the report. So whilst according to press reports the Metropolitan police seemed to have been cleared by Leveson, this last minute submission would not have been able to significantly change the conclusions in the document.
Just looking at the document suggests to me that John Yates has very serious questions to answer. I’m shocked that this testimony has been sneaked out in this way.
The document appeared late on the Leveson inquiry website possibly as late as last night. Please take a look at the Keith Surtees evidence here.
UPDATE: When I published this blog post yesterday, I gave the wrong link to the Surtees submission. The submission that includes the extract below is here.
I am looking at all the other late published documents and will write more later today if I spot anything else.
See key extracts from the late submission of DCS Keith Surtees:
“On more than one occasion in meetings I attended in 2009, with AC
John Yates and others advising him, I voiced my concern that the
original investigation could and should be re-opened or re-examined
and suggested either HMIC or another Force undertake such a task. I
explained that the reasons for ending all activity in 2006, including the
victim notification strategy, no longer existed in 2009. DCS Williams can
confirm this as he was present, as can DCS Clive Timmons who was
“Third, I set out my view on the possibility that the criminality extended
beyond Mulcaire and Goodman. It was a view held jointly by DCS
Williams and myself that the phone interception and other criminal
conduct of Mulcaire and Goodman was not limited to them, and that the
criminality extended further. This view is clearly expressed in the
decision log of the Operation.”