The son of Daniel Morgan, a private detective who was brutally murdered in 1987, has said that the Metropolitan police commissioner, Cressida Dick, should consider her position and labelled the culture of the force “cancerous” after it was found to be institutionally corrupt.
Morgan was found dead with an axe embedded in his head in a Sydenham pub car park on 10 March 1987. Despite five police inquiries and an inquest, nobody has ever been brought to justice over his death and the force has admitted corruption over the original investigation.
A report by an independent panel, released on Tuesday, accused the Met of “a form of institutional corruption” for concealing or denying failings over Britain’s most-investigated unsolved murder.
In his first broadcast interview, Morgan’s son, who is also named Daniel, told the BBC on Saturday: “I don’t accept their [the Met’s] apologies. I think we’ve heard enough apologies. I think it’s time for action now.”
He added: “I just don’t see the Metropolitan police as a credible organisation and what they say makes it to me feel even less credible and frankly, it makes me angry.”
Asked whether the commissioner should resign, he said she “should consider her position”.
He said: “I think that potentially it should be taken out of her hands. I mean a lot of this happened way before she was ever the commissioner, but she is a continuation of the same culture I’m afraid.
“The culture of the Metropolitan police is cancerous and I think the only way you get rid of cancer is you cut it out.”
Dick has said that it was a “matter of great regret that no one has been brought to justice and that our mistakes have compounded the pain suffered by Daniel’s family”. But she hit back at the report’s findings, saying: “I don’t accept that we are institutionally corrupt, no.”
Morgan called for the government to act and for the London mayor, Sadiq Khan, to ensure that the Metropolitan police “represents more value for money for the public”. He added: “It’s our service and it should be treated as such. It shouldn’t be us and them.”
Morgan, who was four when his father died and still lives in the area, described the “emotional turmoil” of growing up in the shadow of his father’s murder and the psychological impact of having to “constantly relive it” in the family’s 34-year campaign for answers.
He said: “My dad had an axe embedded in his skull and was left for dead in a murder that was meant to look like a robbery that was actually an execution. That’s quite a hard thing to come to terms with really.”
Morgan said he sometimes goes through Sydenham train station when “only 600 metres down the road from that station my dad was brutally murdered in a car park”.
He said the panel had “done a really good job and for that I’m grateful” but that the family had been seriously let down.
He added: “This is a scandal. This is the walk we’ve had to walk, this is the Morgan family’s shoes, and if you dive into this you start to appreciate that it’s a disgusting mess and it shouldn’t have happened.”