HC Deb 06 February 1969 vol 777 cc153-4W
63. Mr. Michael Foot

asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department what form of inquiry he now proposes to institute into the actions of certain police officers in relation to a bank raid at Ashtead, Surrey, upon which he has now received the report of the Director of Public Prosecutions, in view of the important issues of public policy involved.

Mr. Callaghan

The Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis sent the report of an investigation by a senior police officer to the Director of Public Prosecutions, as required by the Police Act, 1964. After receiving the advice of the Director, the Commissioner decided that no criminal proceedings should be taken against any of the officers concerned; he is now considering whether any disciplinary action should be taken. It would not be proper for me to comment on this case at this stage. As regards issues of public policy, it is well established that the police should not stimulate crime by behaving as agents provocateurs.