May Justice Prevail
10:15am Wednesday 13th August 2014
Watford man charged following Operation Elveden investigation into allegations of corrupt payments to public officials
"The Metropolitan Police refused to release Mr France's address because of concerns for his safety."
Tuesday 12 August 2014 12.07 BST
Sun crime reporter faces ‘misconduct’ charges under Operation Elveden
"Anthony France to be charged with two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office
"The Sun’s crime reporter is to be charged in relation to an investigation into alleged corrupt payments to public officials.
Anthony France will appear before Westminster magistrates court on 21 August, the Crown Prosecution Service said.
France faces two counts of conspiring to commit misconduct in public office between 31 March, 2008 and 1 July, 2011 and 19 July, 2009 and August 14, 2009 respectively.
Charges are being brought under Scotland Yard’s Operation Elveden, which is being run alongside two other inquiries – Operation Weeting, which looked at alleged phone hacking, and Operation Tuleta, examining claims of computer hacking and other privacy breaches.
The first charge states that France conspired with Timothy Edwards – a police officer previously charged in relation to Operation Elveden – and with others unknown to commit misconduct in public office.
The second charge states that France conspired together with others to commit misconduct in public office."
12 August 2014 Last updated at 11:36
Sun crime reporter Anthony France faces misconduct charge
PUBLISHED: August 12, 2014 11:30 am LAST UPDATED: August 12, 2014 12:00 pm
Reporter charged in payments probe
Updated: 16:50, 12 August 2014
The Sun’s crime reporter Anthony France faces ‘misconduct’ charges
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
Sun reporter charged in UK bribery investigation
12 August 2014
Sun crime reporter Anthony France to face trial for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office
CPS Statement: One individual faces charges for conspiracy to commit misconduct in public office
"Details of the full charges:
"Anthony FRANCE, between the 31st March 2008 and the 1st July 2011, conspired together with Timothy Edwards, and with others unknown, to commit misconduct in public office, contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977
Anthony FRANCE, between the 19th July 2009 and the 14th August 2009, conspired together with others to commit misconduct in public office, contrary to section 1(1) Criminal Law Act 1977."
August 13, 2014 12:46 PM EST
Did Sun Crime Reporter 'Conspire' to Commit 'Misconduct in Public Office'?
13 August 2014
News UK chief pledges support to 'highly respected' crime reporter facing corruption trial
"News UK chief executive Mike Darcey has pledged his support to “highly respected” Sun crime reporter Anthony France following the news that he is to face trial."
June 10, 2011
Anthony France & The Sun!
"Yesterday, I wrote an article about The Met, The Sun & Me… in My Fight for Justice against the Metropolitan Police Service and racism, and that my mental illness and sexuality where leaked to The Sun newspaper and its publisher News International by Scotland Yard.
The Sun reporter Anthony France knew specific private and medical information about me, that only those with access at the highest levels inside the Met, would have known."
June 8, 2011
The Met, The Sun & Me
"I cannot think of anything more perverse, with my employer using a newspaper to hold a public court of me. This was purely so that I would stop my claims of discrimination against the Commissioner.
The journalist in question Anthony France, knew information about me that only those with specific knowledge of my claims inside the Met could have known.
It is of no surprise to me that the same Assistant Commissioner who met me, and stopped my salary after hearing of my claims, has recently been revealed to have dined with staff of News International, the publisher of The Sun. What chance did I seriously think I had against the Met, when it has access to Britain’s biggest tabloid?"
7:30AM GMT 21 Feb 2012
Met Police leaked gay officer’s abuse case to tabloid, rules tribunal
20 February 2012 Last updated at 20:11
Met officer Kevin Maxwell wins discrimination case
Monday 20 February 2012 22.59 GMT
Gay black police officer wins discrimination case
June 2013, Prepared 19th July 2013
Home Affairs Committee; Written evidence submitted by Kevin Maxwell [LSP 47]
"B. Second Claim—MPS leaked Mr. Maxwell’s personal information to the press
A short time after submitting his formal claim, Mr. Maxwell received a telephone call from the MPS’ Press Officer, Alex Fedorcio, informing him that The Sun’s then Crime Correspondent, Anthony France, was to publish an unflattering article about him.
Mr. France’s article was to assert that “[Kevin Maxwell] was running a weak claim in order to obtain a significant amount of money [from the MPS]”, that “[he] had a history of submitting unsuccessful claims for race discrimination at other [police] forces including the Greater Manchester Police”, and that his claim was “without foundation”.(5) None of these allegations are true.
Before submitting his claim on 14 May 2010, Mr. Maxwell had never submitted any other formal complaint. As to this claim being weak, events have now demonstrated that they were, in fact, serious and legitimate. Moreover, two tribunals have now held that the MPS leaked Mr. Maxwell’s private information because he brought a formal claim against them.(6)
The ET held that the information Mr. France possessed had “a high amount of knowledge”, impossible to discern without a primary source.(7)
By leaking personal information to the press, not only would the article serve to smear Mr. Maxwell and thus unfairly damage his reputation, but it would also endanger the safety and security of one of the MPS’ own counter-terrorism officers, his then partner, Mr. Alex Parr (a civilian), and other family members.
(5) - Employment Tribunal, Judgment, Para. 211.
(6) - Ibid., Paras. 296-8; Employment Appeal Tribunal, Judgment, Para. 83.
(7) - Employment Tribunal, Judgment, Para. 211.
Employment Appeal Tribunal; At the Tribunal On 19, 20 & 21 March 2013; Judgment handed down on 14 May 2013
Commissioner of Police for the Metropolis -v- K Maxwell
"76. On 27 July the Claimant’s solicitor, Ms Arpita Dutt, returned a call made to her by Mr France. Her evidence, which was not challenged, was:
“Mr France identified himself as a journalist and informed me that an article would be published later that week in the Sun Newspaper... He informed me that the Sun had been informed about the Claimant’s claim... He referred to one claim of a group visit to a mosque and during that visit to the mosque, an Officer had refused to eat curry. He said that the non-curry eater was on a low cholesterol diet because of an illness and that was why he had refused to eat. ... I advised Mr France that he only had a snapshot of the claim, that the defence had not even been filed at the Employment Tribunal and that the claim was not in the public domain as yet and that he knew more about the defence than we did. In particular I noted that Mr France had been informed of aspects of the Respondent’s potential defence in relation to why an Officer had refused to eat curry at the Mosque and the potential denial of the homophobic comments alleged to be made based on an Officer who had alleged to have met him previously having worked in a gay area in city centre Manchester. These were issues that could not have been known to me, or the Claimant, as the Grounds of Resistance had not yet been filed by the Respondent...” (Para 215).
77. The conclusions of the tribunal in respect of the threatened Sun story are set out at paragraphs 296 and 297 of the Judgment.
"296. The Tribunal refers to its findings of fact at paragraphs [211 and following]. The information about the claim was clearly not disclosed by the Claimant to Mr France, the Sun reporter. The Tribunal is entirely satisfied on the evidence heard that on the balance of probabilities the information about the Claimant’s case acquired by the Sun came from an officer working for the respondent.
What is particularly significant is Mr France’s account, as given to the Claimant’s solicitor, that an officer attending the mosque had a low cholesterol diet. That information could not have come from the Claimant or anyone connected with the Claimant’s claim, because it was not until the cross-examination of Mr Jenkins that the Claimant learned that he had a low cholesterol diet. Indeed Mr Fedorcio, who spoke to Mr France, thought that the story had come from one of the Claimant’s colleagues such was the level of detail that Mr France had.""
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May 13, 2013
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April 8, 2013
Mainstream media covered up police corruption but who is really to blame in the Porngate scandal?
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Only a police whistleblower can truly lift the lid on institutionalised police corruption
January 18, 2013
Spinning fabricated tales to The Sun ‘newspaper’ will not stop anti-corruption campaign
January 18, 2013
News International protected corrupt police officers who protected BNP members from criminal investigation
January 17, 2013
Bribegate ‘journalist’ who bribed and protected corrupt police officers is now facing a prison sentence
Added: Jun-17-2011 Occurred On: Feb-22-2011
Police Dirty Division Smashed in Corruption Investigation
Monday 18 August 2014 11.54 EDT
Met police officer jailed for selling stories to the Sun
"Thomas Ridgeway receives 12-month jail term, with his mother given suspended sentence for aiding and abetting her son."
18 August 2014 Last updated at 11:34 ET
Former Met PC jailed for selling stories to the Sun
Concerns For His Safety (Part 2)