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Leading black policeman cleared of expenses fiddle.

Byline: Nick Allen

One of Britain's most high profile black police officers has been cleared following a sevenmonth inquiry into claims he fiddled his expenses.

Chief Inspector Leroy Logan, chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MBPA), has been under investigation since June last year.

The MBPA yesterday claimedthe investigation had cost pounds 1 million but the Metropolitan Police said the cost was 'less than five figures'.

The probe centred on an allegation he submitted a false claim for an pounds 80 hotel bill.

In November last year the Crown Prosecution Service said there was insufficient evidence for a criminal prosecution of Mr Logan.

Yesterday , he was told he will also not face formal police disciplinary proceedings.

Mr Logan, aged 44, who was awarded the MBE last year, said: 'The last seven months have been the worst of my life, there has been a cloud hanging over me for this whole period.

'During this time my mother has died, as has my uncle, I have been through hell and back and the strain on my family has been unbearable.

'I am over the moon that I have been exonerated but feel very angry at the way I have been treated.'

Mr Logan's lawyer Sadiq Khan said: 'This saga has been an unmitigated fiasco from start to finish.

'One of the most senior and respected black officers in the country has been treated worse than a serious criminal.

'While we are pleased that the threat of disciplinary and criminal prosecution have now gone the Metropolitan Police needs to answer serious questions about its handling of this matter.

'There is no justification for pounds 1million of taxpayers' money being spent in this way and for such a senior officer to have his life turned upside down for seven months.'

The news came the day after the Met publicly apologised to Sikh sergeant Gurpal Virdi.

A Metropolitan Police Authority report said into Mr Virdi's case said it was possible to detect 'institutional racism' in the Met's disciplinary processes.

Mr Logan has already launched employment tribunal proceedingsagainst the force claiming racial discrimination and victimisation.

The claim at the centre of the investigation into Mr Logan emerged as part of Operation Helios, an inquiry by the Met's anti-corruption unit.

A Scotland Yard spokesman said yesterday: 'This investigation has now concluded.

'The officer has been advised that there is insufficient evidence and that no formal disciplinary action will be taken against him.'
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Date:Jan 11, 2002
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