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Wapping Mole advises Mayor Lutfur on digging strategy

By on April 18, 2014 in Council grant funding

Everyone seems to be talking about the MPS statement re Tower Hamlets and what it means so we are reproducing it below.

Update following BBC Panorama on London Borough of Tower Hamlets

“On Friday 4 April 2014 the Metropolitan Police Service received three files of material from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) relating to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. These comprised of material referred to the DCLG by a member of the public and by the BBC Panorama programme.

The files have been reviewed by a team of officers over the past 6 days. In addition, officers have liaised with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) who are conducting a full and wide-ranging audit of financial matters at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

There is no credible evidence of criminality within the files to provide reasonable grounds to suspect that fraud or any other offence has been committed at this stage. Therefore the MPS will not be investigating at this point in time and believe that it is appropriate for the material to be reviewed further by PwC and DCLG. We will continue to liaise with them should their audit uncover any evidence of criminality.”

Before Lutfur and crew organise a borough-wide party in Tower Hamlets (funded by you dear reader, natch) on the basis of this press statement they might want to check the precise wording of the statement.

Think legal document.

Think every word and the order of every word matters.

Complete guesses by a squirrel

Here is the  complete guesses interpretation by the Love Wapping Press Release Analysis Team (Wapping Lane just by the chippie Branch), what the MPS statement really means. Our we asked a squirrel what they thought expert analysis is in blue.

1. There is no credible evidence of criminality within the files …

[We have a whole Town Hall’s worth of documents to wade through so we aren’t too fussed if just this stuff isn’t that interesting. Files is one thing we aren’t short of.]

2. …to provide reasonable grounds to suspect that fraud or any other offence has been committed at this stage.

[There are lots of stages to any investigation. Especially this one. Stages is what we do.]

3. Therefore the MPS will not be investigating at this point in time

[We aren’t doing too much work on this at the moment because we have lots of other things to look at. ]

4.  …and believe that it is appropriate for the material to be reviewed further by PwC and DCLG.

[Let the Civil Servants have a look, they are the subject matter experts.]

5. We will continue to liaise with them should their audit uncover any evidence of criminality.

[If the suits find anything interesting it may well be a case of ‘Will the last person to be escorted from the Town Hall please turn off the lights.’]

So it may be slightly premature to order sandwiches, jelly and lashings of custard for the party.

Wapping Mole advises ‘when in hole stop digging’

Other aspects that some in our borough might bear in mind are:

  • BBC Panorama did a great job but in a 30 minute programme could only cover maybe five percent of what they found
  • John Ware is an investigative reporter, not a career detective. Mr Ware shines a light on those in power as good journalists do, the authorities do the rest if appropriate
  • Tower Hamlets Town Hall being raided is not something to be proud of and certainly not a ‘excellent boost’ to any political campaign.
  • If the DCLG are after you – ouch
  • Everyone and their dog is scrutinising everything ever done by Mayor Lutfur and his administration
  • When Downing Street leaks the existence of a report on ‘alleged support for extremist-linked bodies’ then a bunch of auditors may be the least of your problems
  • 25 schools in Birmingham are being inspected following allegations of ‘Islamisation’ – seems this sort of investigation is popular all of a sudden
  • At the other end of the investigative scale the Wapping Mole is still unaware of the identities of the mysterious canvassers of Greenbankgate
  • In summary the DCLG, New Scotland Yard, Tower Hamlets CID, Andrew Gilligan, BBC Panorama, the Electoral Commission, the Security Services and the Wapping Mole* are on your case Mr Mayor.
  • All are innocent until proven guilty
  • Nobody likes digging a nice deep hole more than the Wapping Mole – but even he knows when to stop digging
  • Oh yeah – and there is an election in a month! Oops.

* The Wapping Mole has no connections with any of the other organisations mentioned but we thought it good fun to mention him in the same sentence. A once in a lifetime opportunity.

Note:  I have not published a link to the original MPS web page as requested by the MPS Press Bureau. Unlike Tower Hamlets Propaganda Press Office who have <sigh>.


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  1. Mark

    The MPS have since revised their press release:

    ‘On Friday 4 April 2014 the Metropolitan Police Service received three files of material from the Department of Communities and Local Government (DCLG) relating to the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

    The files have been reviewed by a team of officers. In addition, officers have liaised with Pricewaterhouse Coopers LLP (PwC) who are conducting a full and wide-ranging audit of financial matters at the London Borough of Tower Hamlets.

    There is no new credible evidence of criminality within the files.

    Prior to this, a report was made to Tower Hamlets Police on 20 March by Tower Hamlets Council. The report concerned an irregularity with regards to money being awarded to the Brady Youth Forum, in January and April 2013, that was identified by an internal review. This investigation is being carried out by Tower Hamlets CID.

    Therefore there are no new MPS investigations being carried out by the MPS as a result of information contained in the three files of material’.

    This only after they were challenged following their original statement. Worried over their integrity? We ought to be. The last thing we need is an enemy within…

    • Mark Baynes says:

      Thanks for this update Grenville. However I can assure you from my own personal experience that I have no worries whatsoever about the integrity of the Metropolitan Police Service or their approach to this or any other aspects of the investigations into Tower Hamlets Council. I also know that this investigation is being taken very seriously at the highest levels of the MPS.

      • Ack’d. Let’s hope THBC update their web site with the revised MPS press release – released on Wednesday 16 April..They were quick off the blocks to promote the first but seem less inclined to repeat their enthusiasm with the update..

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