§ Mr. Meacher
asked the Secretary of State for the Home Department, in the light of the finding of the Bloomsbury and Marylebone county court on 27 January 1981 that two police sergeants attached to Hampstead police station, did, on 6 November 1977, falsely imprison and maliciously prosecute Mr. Trevor Rhone, and that they subsequently lied to the magistrates, the police investigating officer and the county court, what disciplinary action has been taken against the officers concerned; and why it has taken the Commissioner of Police so long to reach a decision in this matter.
§ Mr. Mayhew
We understand from the Commissioner of Police of the Metropolis that, following the decision of the Director of Public Prosecutions in July 1981 that there was insufficient evidence to justify criminal proceedings against the officers concerned, the Commissioner's consideration of the question of disciplinary proceedings revealed the need for additional inquiries on this aspect. These and the consideration of the outcome have been completed and the papers are now to be sent to the police complaints board.