Daniel Morgan's son condemns findings of report into his father's death as a 'national shame'

The report accused the Met police of “a form of institutional corruption” for concealing or denying failings over the unsolved murder.

The panel accused the Met Police of "institutional corruption."
The panel accused the Met Police of "institutional corruption."

The son of Daniel Morgan has labelled the findings of a report into his father’s death a “national shame”, as he criticised the Metropolitan Police for its response.

The report, from an independent panel, accused the Met of “a form of institutional corruption” for concealing or denying failings over the unsolved murder.

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Morgan was a private detective killed with an axe in March 1987 in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham.

In spite of five police inquiries and an inquest, no-one has been brought to justice over his death, with the force admitting corruption over the original murder investigation.

Mr Morgan’s son, also named Daniel, who was four when his father died, has hit out at the Met for not accepting the panel’s findings.

He told the BBC: “It’s a personal tragedy for us and a national shame.

“It’s difficult to feel proud of being a Londoner when the people who protect us have failed, and are allowed to fail and there’s no consequence for those failings.”

Commissioner Dame Cressida Dick said it was a “matter of great regret that no-one has been brought to justice and that our mistakes have compounded the pain suffered by Daniel’s family”.

However, she hit back at the findings as she defended Scotland Yard’s work and her job.

Mr Morgan said in response: “I think we’ve heard enough apologies… what they’ve said doesn’t give us grounds for confidence that they can approach the follow-up work that’s clearly required from a document with such gravity.”

He also said: “I just don’t see the Metropolitan Police as a credible organisation and what they say makes it to me feel even less credible.

“And frankly it makes me angry.”

The panel, led by Baroness Nuala O’Loan, found the Met put protecting its own reputation above finding Mr Morgan’s killer.

The panel’s report said: “Concealing or denying failings, for the sake of the organisation’s public image, is dishonesty on the part of the organisation for reputational benefit and constitutes a form of institutional corruption.”

Additional reporting by PA.