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MP calls for inquiry over 'hampered' murder investigation.

MP Tom Watson has called for a judicial inquiry into the unsolved axe murder of a private investigator 25 years ago, after claiming that a "corrupt nexus of private investigators, police officers and journalists at the News Of The World" may have hampered police investigations into the killings.

Mr Watson (Lab West Bromwich East) raised the death of Daniel Morgan, whose body was found in a pub car park in 1987.

Speaking in the House of Commons, where his words were covered by Parliamentary privilege, he said the Metropolitan Police had failed to arrive at the truth despite "five failed investigations into Daniel's murder" which had cost taxpayers nearly pounds 30 million.

The MP highlighted what he said was the relationship between Detective Sergeant Sid Fillery, of Catford police station, who was assigned to the case, and Jonathan Rees, a private investigator who was Mr Morgan's business partner in detective agency Southern Investigations.

He said: "It's my belief that had the murder been adequately investigated a quarter of a century ago, Daniel's killer would have been bought to justice."

Mr Watson, who has led the campaign to expose phone hacking at the News Of The World, said: "The Met have publicly admitted corruption in the first inquiry. The family believe this corruption had an impact in the second third, fourth and fifth inquiry.

"But what the family didn't know during any of the five investigations was the extent to which the relationship between News International, private investigators and the police had such an impact on the conduct if this inquiry.

"Jonathan Rees and Sid Fillery were at the corrupt nexus of private investigator, police officers and journalists at the News Of The World. Through the hacking scandal, we now know Southern Investigations became the hub of a web of police and media contacts involving the illegal theft and disclosure of information obtained through Rees and Fillery's corrupted contacts."

Police Minister Nick Herbert said: "It is important to consider what options are now available to identify and address the issue of police corruption and to bring those responsible for Daniel's murder to justice. The Morgan family have called for a judicial inquiry and this call has been endorsed by the Metropolitan Police Authority. We are considering very carefully if this is the right way forward."
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