Discredited Top Cop Ali Dizaei

Controversial Scotland Yard police chief Ali Dizaei has lost his High Court bid to have a misconduct hearing postponed.

The 49-year-old commander, who has twice been jailed for corruption, is due to face an internal disciplinary tribunal in London on Thursday.

In February 2010 he was jailed for four years but the conviction was quashed a year later by the Court of Appeal.

At a retrial this February he received a three-year prisonsentence – reduced by the time he has already spent behind bars.

He has since been released with an electronic tag and is pursuing a further appeal against conviction.

Dizaei won his job back with the Metropolitan Police before the retrial, but has been suspended on full salary, pending the disciplinary process.

He asked Mrs Justice Lang for an injunction adjourning the hearing, claiming that he received notification of the date, and details of funding of his legal expenses, too late for him to find representation. He claimed that the Metropolitan Police had been negligent in its handling of the misconduct proceedings – which he says should await the outcome of any criminal appeal.

Dismissing the application, the judge said that there was no evidence of negligence and that the claim was misconceived in law and had no prospect of success.

Dizaei was aware of the hearing date in good time and well aware of the provisions relating to legal representation and funding, she added. “The difficulty he finds himself in, in his lack of legal representation, is one of his own making.”

Dizaei was ordered to pay the £4,330 police costs of contesting the application.


A policeman has been suspended after allegedly calling a man a “nigger” during the London riots.

The officer, who sources named as Pc Alex MacFarlane of the Metropolitan Police, was apparently recorded by the suspect on his mobile phone as he was taken into custody.

The Guardian reported the officer told the 21-year-old black man: “The problem with you is you will always be a nigger, yeah?

“That’s your problem, yeah.”

The Independent Police Complaints Commission investigated and passed a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after the man passed the recording to other police officers.

The CPS decided not to charge Mr MacFarlane or two other officers but tonight confirmed they would assess the file again after the man’s lawyers complained.

Grace Ononiwu, deputy chief crown prosecutor for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) London, said: “Lawyers for the complainant have written to the CPS and asked us to review our decision.

“I have considered the matter personally and directed that all of the evidence should be reconsidered and a fresh decision taken by a senior lawyer with no previous involvement in this matter.

“That process will be completed as soon as possible and is the procedure we often adopt when pre-action protocol judicial review proceedings are initiated.”

The Guardian reported that Mr MacFarlane also said to the man, who has not been named: “You’ll always have black skin colour.

“Don’t hide behind your colour, yeah,” adding: “Be proud. Be proud of who you are, yeah. Don’t hide behind your black skin.”

Another officer accused the man of being “a c*nt” and admitted strangling him.

Shortly before the recording ends, the man can be heard saying: “I get this all the time,” and telling the officer: “Make sure you do a lot with your sixty grand, ‘cos you’re not going to get it no more, bruv.”

He then tells the officer: “We’ll definitely speak again about this. It’s gonna go all the way, it’s gonna go all the way – remember.”

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “We can confirm that the MPS received a complaint alleging a man arrested on August 11 2011 was subjected to discriminatory behaviour (racial remarks); assault and oppressive conduct/or harassment.

“These are serious allegations; any use of racist language or excessive use of force is not acceptable.

“The MPS’s Directorate of Professional Standards referred this case to the IPCC who are independently investigating.

“Following the alleged incident, three officers were the subject of a misconduct investigation. One of the officers has been suspended in relation to this matter pending the result of the IPCC investigation.

“One of the officers has been placed on restricted duties on an unrelated matter and another remains on full duties.”


Rank-and file police officers are to stage a protest over proposed changes to their pay and conditions – but they be kettled by their colleagues?.

The Police Federation, which would not confirm what its plans will involve, said it is planning to hold an event in central London on May 10.

It comes as the federation’s 135,000 members across England and Wales are being balloted on whether they want the right to strike.

Along with the armed forces and prison officers, the police are banned in law from taking industrial action.

Many officers are angry with the Government in the wake of 20% budget cuts and proposals for the most wide-ranging reform of police pay and conditions in more than 30 years.

The national federation said the event would “highlight officer concerns about cuts to policing”.

It has previously said the event would show “the unprecedented attack on policing by this Government and the consequences that these cuts will have for public safety”.

Its Greater Manchester branch added that it would be “arranging for officers to go to London and show the world their anger at these impractical and unworkable proposals”.

Tom Winsor’s 18-month review of police pay and conditions signalled the end of a job for life as he called for the ban on chief constables making officers redundant to be lifted in the face of budget cuts.

The current pay system, which was based on a 1920s’ design of rewarding years of service, should be overhauled and replaced with one that recognised hard work and merit instead, he said.

He also called for annual fitness tests to be brought in, with those who repeatedly fail at risk of being docked almost £3,000 and, in the most extreme cases, sacked for unsatisfactory performance.

A new educational requirement should also be brought in, with applicants needing the equivalent of three A-levels at grades A to C, along with direct entry for civilians into the ranks of inspector and superintendent.

The review also said the starting salary for police constables should be cut from the current £23,500 to £19,000 for someone with no police-related experience.

Among the 121 recommendations, the report said there should be higher pay for more demanding jobs, pay linked to skills and performance rather than length of service, and an allowance for working unsocial hours, defined as outside 8am to 6pm.

It also called for the pension age for officers to be raised to 60, in line with Lord Hutton’s recommendations.

But previous attempts to overhaul police pay and conditions have failed in the face of fierce opposition from rank-and-file officers.

The last review, carried out in June 1993 by Sir Patrick Sheehy under then-home secretary Kenneth Clarke, recommended abolishing jobs for life, introducing fixed terms of service and scrapping overtime payments.

But most of the recommendations were never implemented after a high-profile campaign by the Police Federation.

Labour home secretary Jacqui Smith also tried to save money in 2008 by rejecting a recommended pay increase – but again was forced to back down after officers marched in London.

Later, Greater Manchester Chief Constable Peter Fahy said he “cannot see any of these changes happening quickly”.

“Staff do not need reminding that we are already under a two-year pay and increment freeze and pay will only increase by about 1% after that,” he said.

“Next month many officers will see an increase in their pension contributions.

“That means there is little scope to bring in further changes when staff are already taking such a substantial hit.

“There is also no spare cash about to smooth the impact of any changes.”

Mr Fahy, the Association of Chief Police Officers’ lead for workforce development, wrote on Acpo’s blog: “Chief constables do not believe that police officers are overpaid.

“But we do believe that the current way of developing and rewarding our staff does not always allow us to get the best out of them.”

He went on: “Some police officers are not rewarded enough for the difficult and dangerous jobs they do, while there are also a minority of underperformers who are a frustration to the hard-working, committed and passionate majority.”

Mark Leech editor of the national newspaper for prisoners Converse said: “Its all very well for the cops to protest they won’t be kettled by their colleagues, whereas others with other legitimate reasons for protest will be subject to such deplorable behaviour.”



The police watchdog has condemned as “a form of torture” the actions of two cops from County Durham convicted of assault at a police station.

David Healer, 48, screamed in agony when he had his arm forced behind his back by police custody sergeant Stephen Harvey, 50, so he would answer questions.

The assault at Peterlee police station, County Durham, was witnessed by two Durham Police officers and by 61-year-old civilian Detention Officer Michael Mount, who also grabbed and twisted Mr Healer’s arm.

Mount claimed he thought Mr Healer, a DIY shop boss, was about to fall and be injured. The shopkeeper said he was so frightened by the attack last March that he thought he would die.

The police constables who witnessed the attack will now be tried for misconduct, an IPCC spokesman said.

Harvey, of Chester-le-Street, and Mount, of Thornley, both County Durham, were convicted following a two-day trial at Teesside Magistrates’ Court.

They argued they had used reasonable force to restrain Mr Healer, who had been arrested on suspicion of breaching bail conditions and who had assaulted a police officer.

Chairman of Bench Oliver Johnson said the bench had deliberated long and hard over their decision.

He said: “In our view this way exceeded what was necessary for this purpose. We saw no sign of any aggression from Mr Healer and found the suggestion that he may fall was implausible as there was two Pcs behind him and he was slumped over a desk.”

Sentence was adjourned until April 20, for reports. The men were released on unconditional bail.



A firearms officer killed himself after he became “obsessed” that his policewoman lover was seeing another policeman, an inquest heard today.

Pc Nick Corless, 36, was found with a gunshot wound to his head in a grey Volkswagen Golf car parked in Brynn Street, St Helens, Merseyside, in February last year.

An inquest heard that the policeman, who worked at Manchester Airport for Greater Manchester Police (GMP), killed himself because he feared losing his job after assaulting his lover, Anne Marie Greenall, who also worked for GMP.

Pc Corless left behind his widow Lisa and son, who was one at the time of his death.

According to the Whiston coroner, Dr Christopher Sumner, Pc Corless had grown suspicious that his lover was seeing another police officer called Lee Entwistle.

This suspicion had led to several episodes of violence during the weekend of his death.

Before recording a verdict of suicide, Mr Sumner said: “At the time of his death Mr Corless seemed besotted and obsessed with the thought that she (Anne Marie) was having a relationship with another man.

“There is certainly no doubt in my mind that he was carrying out an extramarital relationship with Anne Marie Greenall.

“On the weekend of the February 25, 26 and 27 last year there was an incident in which Nick Corless assaulted Anne Marie.

“In my mind, he thought that at best he would be referred to Greater Manchester Police’s professional standards branch, and at worst he would face charges and imprisonment.

“Prison is not the best of places at any time, but it is certainly not an easy place for a police officer.”

“It is clear that he intended to take his own life and therefore I can only record one verdict and that is suicide,” he added.

The inquest heard that Pc Corless, a former soldier, and Pc Greenall had first started a relationship when they were posted with Merseyside Police at St Helens in 1999.

Detective Sergeant Eion Turner of Merseyside Police told the inquest that the relationship ended when Pc Corless went to London to join the Metropolitan Police, and there was no further contact between them until March 2010.

Although Pc Greenall had got married in 2008, the “spark” between her and Pc Corless was rekindled.

Pc Greenall told her husband she had been seeing Pc Corless in July 2010 and left him in August, he said.

A week before he died, Pc Corless also left his wife after spending his first Christmas with his then one-year-old son.

But throughout 2010 and into 2011, Pc Corless had grown increasingly jealous of another officer named Lee Entwistle, whom Pc Greenall had met at a murder scene in May 2009.

On the Friday before his death, Pc Corless and Pc Greenall returned from having drinks.

Pc Corless started stroking Pc Greenall, but she said she felt sick and did not want to have sex.

He said she described how Pc Corless “just lost it” and told her she would not reject Pc Entwistle, before straddling her and punching her in the face. The incident was not reported.

The following day, Pc Greenall went to her father’s address and told him what had happened.

Some 50 minutes later a fight broke out on the doorstep between her father and Pc Corless.

Police were called and when they arrived they saw bruises on Pc Greenall’s face and jaw from the previous night’s assault.

Facing an investigation from Merseyside Police and a professional standards investigation by Greater Manchester Police over the matter, the following day Pc Corless killed himself outside Pc Greenall’s home with a Beretta shotgun.

Inside the car, officers found a letter in which Pc Corless told Pc Greenall how sorry he was for attacking her although he could not remember what had happened, he said.

He also said he believed she was seeing someone, Lee, behind his back and his heart was broken.

He wrote: “I will be waiting for you in another life. I’m going to lose my job and go toprison. This is the only way I can go’.”

A statement by Pc Corless’s family was read out at the inquest describing him as a “loving family man who loved his job as a police officer, which was something he always wanted to do”.

His widow Lisa also described him as a “loving” man and his commanding officer, Superintendent David Hull, talked of “an extremely well liked and respected colleague”.


PC David Rathband

The policeman who was shot and blinded by crazed gunman Raoul Moat has been found dead at his home in a suspected suicide.
The body of Pc David Rathband was discovered in Blyth, Northumberland, on Wednesday night after officers received a report of concern for his welfare. A Northumbria Police spokesman said no-one was being sought in connection with the incident.
The father of two, 44, lost his sight and was fitted with prosthetic eyes after being shot at close range in July 2010 during the manhunt for fugitive Moat.
Paying tribute, Chief Constable Sue Sim said she was “deeply saddened” by the death of Pc Rathband, a “dedicated officer” who showed “outstanding bravery in what was a terrifying situation”.
Former bouncer Moat was the subject of a huge manhunt as he evaded capture for a week before shooting himself dead after a stand-off with police in the market town of Rothbury, Northumberland. On July 3 2010, he had shot and injured his former partner Samantha Stobbart, 22, and killed her new boyfriend, Chris Brown, 29.
The following day, after declaring he was now “hunting for officers”, Moat crept up on armed Pc Rathband as he sat in his marked police car at a roundabout above the A1. Pc Rathband was shot in the face and shoulder but saved his own life by pretending to be dead. He was left with more than 200 shotgun pellets lodged in his skull.
The officer, who joined Northumbria Police in 2000, later announced he was suing the force after he was left “a sitting duck” when gunman Moat declared war on police during his rampage.
After the attack, the policeman launched his own charity, the Blue Lamp Foundation, which aims to help emergency service personnel injured in the line of duty. Pc Rathband announced on Twitter in November that he and his wife Kath were separating permanently.
A spokesman for the Blue Lamp Foundation said: “Since being shot in July 2010, David struggled to come to terms with his horrific injuries and the traumatic effect they had on him and his family and friends. The foundation was started by David to help emergency services personnel injured in the line of duty as the result of a criminal act. It was David’s wish that those who found themselves in a similar position to him could receive the support that wasn’t available to him at the time.”
Former Scotland Yard commander John O’Connor said the consequences of Pc Rathband’s injuries had been “too much for him to live with”, adding on ITV’s Daybreak: “No amount of counselling or compensation can give you back what you’ve lost and that’s the bottom line of it.”