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Thursday, 10 January, 2002, 16:54 GMT
Police chief cleared in expenses inquiry
New Scotland Yard
Mr Logan has been advised to keep "accurate" records
The Metropolitan Police has cleared a black police officer of an alleged 80 expenses fiddle.

Chief Inspector Leroy Logan, who is also chairman of the Metropolitan Black Police Association (MBPA), was alleged to have filed a false claim for a hotel bill.

His solicitor says the Met lavished 1m on investigating the claim - although the force insists less than "a five-figure sum" was spent.

The news came just a day after the Met apologised to Sikh sergeant Gurpal Virdi after he had been fired over allegedly sending racist emails to colleagues.

Leroy Logan
Leroy Logan: "Been to hell and back"

The Crown Prosecution Service decided not to pursue a prosecution against Mr Logan in November last year, because there was insufficient evidence.

On Thursday Mr Logan, who is also an MBE, was told he would also not face formal police disciplinary proceedings.

Mr Logan, 44, 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."

Money wasted

Mr Logan's lawyer Sadiq Khan said the inquiry had been an "unmitigated fiasco".

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

"While we are pleased 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 1 million of taxpayers' money being spent in this way and for such a senior officer to have his life turned upside down for seven months."

Mr Khan said it was ironic the inquiry came at a time the Home Office is "crying out" for more black officers in the UK's biggest police force.

Mr Logan has now launched employment tribunal proceedings against the force claiming racial discrimination and victimisation.

The allegations against him emerged as part of "Operation Helios", an inquiry by the Met's anti-corruption unit.

'Valid receipts'

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "This investigation, which was supervised by the Police Complaints Authority (PCA), has now concluded.

"The officer has been advised there is insufficient evidence and that no formal disciplinary action will be taken against him."

A spokesman for the PCA said the authority had accepted there was not enough evidence to pursue disciplinary charges.

"However, the Metropolitan Police also recommended the chief inspector should receive words of advice about the need to maintain accurate records of his expenses," he said.

"He was also advised to check that a valid receipt was supplied in support of any expenses claims."

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