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Lutfur Rahman criminal investigation widens but more staff needed

Operation Lynemouth, the Met’s criminal investigation into the Tower Hamlets First administration of Lutfur Rahman, has unearthed so many new lines of enquiry that it is running out of suitably qualified staff.

Initially scheduled to report at the end of 2018 there is now a risk that this deadline will be missed. 

More investigators needed

The third Operation Lynemouth interim report by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services has been published.

The report explains why the Met has been told that its current staffing levels for Lynemouth are inadequate and the Met needs to provide more investigators with specialist fraud training.

Apparently the MPS has not been able to find a suitable financial investigator and City of London Police cannot help out.

One detective from the 18 strong Lynemouth team has been moved to the Grenfell Tower investigation and another is due to retire.

Potential police corruption

On reading the report you may notice that the issue of potential police corruption pops up at the top of page 10, specifically the need for ‘a written policy should be introduced for dealing with any actual or suspected instances of police corruption uncovered by the operation.’

Every time we read this we wonder why the biggest police force in the country needs a new policy for potential police corruption for the Rahman investigation? Does the Met not have enough of these policies already?

No doubt we will find out in time.

Yay! Youth Project grant funding!

Also worthy of note is the section on Strand 4 (Youth Project grant funding). One of our favouritest subjects ever.

The City of London Police has undertaken this strand, a review of an original fraud investigation. HMICFRS says that “the findings should be considered in conjunction with any new investigation, which looks at a broader range of offences.”

With which we would concur!

Moley is reminded of something else here which he needs to check…..

LW Comment

The Met has negotiated a discount for a two-week fraud investigation course – around £17,000 compared with £33,000.

Sounds like a steal at that price. (Steal, geddit? No? Oh well.)

It is not known if this amount could be covered by a Tower Hamlets Mainstream Grant, Community Chest, Mayors “You Look Useful Have Some Dosh” Funding Stream, the Faith-based Lucky Dip or the Large Bag of Cash Stashed in a Cupboard on the Isle of Dogs Fund.





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