Daniel Morgan murder review

The family of Welsh private investigator Daniel Morgan has welcomed the decision of the Home Secretary to appoint an independent panel to examine the circumstances surrounding his murder in 1987.

Daniel Morgan's family welcomes new inquiry into his murder

The family of a Welsh private investigator whose murder has never been solved has welcomed the decision to launch an independent inquiry.

Daniel Morgan, from Cwmbran, was found killed in the carpark of a London pub in 1987. A number of investigations have failed to find who was

Home Secretary Theresa May today said a retired judge would lead a panel to look at any police involvment in the murder and the possible role played by corruption in protecting those who killed him.

Carl Edwards reports.

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Theresa May on new Daniel Morgan inquiry

The Metropolitan Police have indicated that there is no likelihood of any successful prosecutions being brought in the foreseeable future. They have also admitted that police corruption was a “debilitating factor” in the original investigation.

This has led to calls for an inquiry from Mr Morgan’s family, who have waged a long campaign for those responsible for his murder to be brought to justice. I have met with the family and, after further serious consideration with them and their representatives, I am today announcing the creation of the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel.

Importantly, the Panel’s work will put Mr Morgan’s family at the centre of the process and the approach to this issue has the support of the MPS Commissioner and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.

– Home Secretary Theresa May

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Questions for the Daniel Morgan Independent Panel

A new inquiry into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan will seek to address the questions arising, including those relating to:

  • Police involvement in the murder
  • The role played by police corruption in protecting those responsible for the murder from being brought to justice and the failure to confront that corruption.
  • The incidence of connections between private investigators, police officers and journalists at the News of the World and other parts of the media and alleged corruption involved in the linkages between them.
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New inquiry into private investigator's murder

A new inquiry into the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan has been announced by the Home Office.

The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel will be chaired by Sir Stanley Burnton, a retired Lord Justice of the Court of Appeal.

Mr Morgan was found with an axe in his head in south London pub car park in 1987.

Its remit will be to shine a light on the circumstances of Mr Morgan’s murder, its background and the handling of the case over the period since 1987.

Independent panel to investigate Daniel Morgan murder

Daniel Morgan
Daniel Morgan who was killed in 1987 Credit: family picture

The Home Office is expected to announce the appointment of an independent panel to investigate the circumstances surrounding the murder of Daniel Morgan in 1987. The private investigator from Monmouthshire was found dead in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in south London.

In the intervening 26 years there have been five separate police investigations but no one has been successfully prosecuted or convicted of the murder.

The case came to light once again last year during the Leveson inquiry into press standards. A former police officer, Jacqui Hames, told the inquiry that she believed people at the News of the World were involved in an attempt to 'derail' the murder investigation.

Possible review of Welsh detective axe murder case

Daniel Morgan was found axed to death in car park of a London pub in 1987.

The Home Office says it's in discussions with the family of Daniel Morgan following reports that there is to be an independent review of the murder which could trigger a new inquiry.

The private detective, who was from the Cwmbran area, was killed with an axe outside a pub in Sydenham in 1987.

His family claim he was very close to revealing police corruption.

An estimated £50m has been spent on inquiries and investigations since then and his family continue to fight for the truth about why he died.

Despite five police investigations, nobody has ever been found guilty of the murder.

The Home Office says it hopes to make an announcement shortly.

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