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Untouchables: Dirty Cops, Bent Justice and Racism in Scotland Yard [Hardcover]

Michael Gillard , Laurie Flynn
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8 Nov 2004
With Scotland Yard in the dock, now more than ever the public needs to know why the police cannot be trusted to investigate their own corruption. Untouchables, a five year investigation which the Yard tried to stop, provides the essential context to the phone hacking and other scandals currently engulfing Britain's most powerful police force. Republished after seven years, it was the first book to question the cosy relationship between the Yard and sections of the media, to explain why cops are incapable of investigating themselves and to expose the lack of independence in the new police watchdog. From the 1983 Brinks Matt robbery, through the murders of Daniel Morgan, David Norris, Stephen Lawrence, Jill Dando and Damilola Taylor to the shooting of Jean Charles de Menezes, Untouchables reveals the cover ups, double standards and miscarriages of justice during the Yard's phoney war on corruption. Sunday Times journalist Michael Gillard and TV producer Laurie Flynn expose how the discredited use of supergrasses in the war on corruption has re-emerged in the new wars on terror and crime, with the same disastrous effects: prosecution misconduct, collapsed trials, huge bills for the taxpayer, victims left without justice and the guilty walking free.

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  • Hardcover: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Cutting Edge Press (8 Nov 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1903813042
  • ISBN-13: 978-1903813041
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 16.2 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 575,178 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Michael Gillard is a Sunday Times journalist specialising in public sector corruption and organised crime. Laurie Flynn is the author of the 1992 Bloomsbury book Studded with Diamonds and Paved with Gold: miners, mining companies and human rights in Southern Africa, and has researched and produced many World in Action television documentaries.

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption in high places 11 Dec 2005
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Who says investigative journalism is dead? In an age of celebrity and PR-driven mush, the authors have delved into the dark recesses of Scotland Yard, one of the world's most respected police forces, and found cover-ups and corruption. A brilliant expose.
Though the book generally races along, there are moments when the sheer volume of detail and different names can overwhelm, however, in some ways this makes the evidence the authors compile all the more compelling.
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
At last a book that tells what REALLY went on during the Metropolitan Police anti-corruption drive of the past few years.
Surely there must now be a public inquiry into the Met's Criminal Investigation Bureau - "the Untouchables".
What went on is shocking and the book deals with it in great detail.
It tells just how innocent police officers were imprisoned and are still fighting for justice.
Surely now the Metropolitan police must wipe its slate clean and order a public inquiry into these 'Untouchables'.
The Met Commissioner who orders a public inquiry will go down in history as the only one with the guts to truly clean up the Met.
A magnificent book by two outstanding investigative journalists.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Corruption is still alive and well in the Met 5 April 2011
For anyone who was naive enough to think police corruption was a thing of the past this book shows that it is not only alive and well, but thriving. Shocking cases such as that of private investigator Daniel Morgan, murdered whilst investigating local police corruption, or the Stephen Lawrence case, whose inquiry revealed, amongst other things, Masonic links between investigating officers and the father of one of the suspects, ably demonstrate that corruption within the Met is the rule rather than the exception.

On the day we learned PC Simon Harwood repeatedly lied about events surrounding his assault of Ian Tomlinson, who died shortly afterwards, this book could not be more relevant. So long as the Police 'service' remains so unaccountable, corruption, mind boggling incompetence and criminal activity will remain endemic.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
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At 200 for a second hand copy of this book, it's a national disgrace that this book hasn't been re-printed. It is inevitable though because this is the book that Scotland Yard does NOT want you to read. They have done all they can to sweep this under the carpet after initially trying to ban it.
Everyone with any interest in law and order MUST read this book. It opens your eyes to all the dirty tricks that Scotland Yard has carried out resulting in some very dodgy convictions of its own men - convictions that are currently being investigated by the CCRC and the IPCC.
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I read this book in total awe and amazement. As a serving police officer I had heard all the disgraceful stories about the Criminal Investigation Bureau but this book has proved to me that my gravest fears were in fact true. I second the call for a public inquiry as too many innocent police officers have had their lives ruined by these so-called Untouchables. And too many criminals are laughing at us. I chose to be a police officer for all the right reasons. I'm shocked, appalled and greatly disillusioned at how the criminality this book deals with has been allowed to take place, with the full backing, it seems, of the legal system. The book tells how judges have been misled and manipulated and how jurors have had evidence kept from them which proves the innocence of those on trial. All police officers must watch their backs because if the Untouchables set out to get you just because they don't like you, you've got no chance. This book brings a great outrage to the attention of the public. What is frightening is that it is an outrage that is still continuing as Scotland Yard do not seem interested in stopping it. Frankly I think it is worthy of film-makers getting involved.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
I had read of several of the cases in this book over the years but even though I always assumed the Met had its fair share of corrupt police it beggars belief that it had become institutionalised and that incidents such as those included in this book could be allowed to go univestigated in a so-called democracy.

The Brinks-Mat robbery case is a prime example showing how corruption was rife within the Met and, due to its aversion to sorting out these issues, it probably still is. There is a particularly slimy phrase "noble cause corruption" basically fitting up criminals, however, the police officers involved went further than that and stole money from those they were arresting. They covered each others backs and any officers who dared to object were mercilessly persecuted and very often suspended. I take my hat off to any honest police officers who are still trying to make their way up the Met's tainted promotion fiasco.

The fact that innocent officers were suspended for many years on full pay and then grudgingly released, often having to sign non-disclosure agreements, points to some high level involvement in the corruption. As well as dodgy lawyers, totally inadequate Government ministers and a whole litany of now totally discredited Police internal investigation processes.

Funnily enough the Met still thinks it can police itself, it's a bit like the evil Witch still believing she is the fairest of them all.

It also portrays a damning indictment of the way the media kow-towed to the Police often doing their dirty work for them by repeating information drip-fed by the police to discredit honest people.

The cases of Stephen Lawrence and Gurpal Virdi are well known.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
true insight into the working of scotland yard .God help us
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Worth reading.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Ok but lots of repeating !!
Ok in places. Lot of repeating though
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Published 2 months ago by linda Gee
5.0 out of 5 stars factually excellent book -well done
Good chronological listing of events and factually correct - shame a lot more dots were not joined up between the corrupt cops and the cib3 crews who were noble cause colleagues... Read more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Heavy going indeed
I agree with the reviewers who found the content a little difficult to follow, hence the 4 star rating. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Peggy
5.0 out of 5 stars Now we have a new Untouchables called the IPCC
Excellent book of sheer fact. We can safely say the higher the police rank the more likely they are to use corrupt practice to enhance their ego's and further their careers and get... Read more
Published 5 months ago by graham
2.0 out of 5 stars A missed opportunity
I was really looking forward to reading this book beforehand, and it's immediately apparent that a huge amount of research has gone into writing it. Read more
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