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A multi million pound prosecution after the murder of the private detective Daniel Morgan collapsed because police lost four crates of evidence.
A joint report between the Metropolitan Police and the CPS described the loss of the boxes as the "final undoing".
Following the withdrawal of the most recent trial into the murder of Daniel Morgan, the Metropolitan Police and CPS have issued their joint review commissioned in March last year.
The trial judge said this case was of an exceptional scale and complexity, with over three quarters of million documents gathered over 20 years being examined.
The issues around the disclosure exercise were such that we could not guarantee that all relevant material had been identified, considered and disclosed so as to ensure a fair trial. A further factor related to the unreliability of critical witnesses.
Alastair Morgan, brother of murdered Private detective Daniel Morgan outside CPS offices in Southwark wirh copy of joint report by police and prosecutors on failings of case.
The family of a private detective who was found with an axe in his head in a south London car park met police and prosecutors today to discuss failings in the investigation into his death.
Earlier, Daniel's brother Alastair Morgan spoke to our reporter Ronke Phillips.
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The family of a private detective found dead 25 years ago will meet police today, to discuss failings in the investigation into his murder.