Dolphin Square Inquiries

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Please disclose what/whether further inquiries were made re death of Sir John STRADLING THOMAS MP at his Dolphin Square Home 1991.

I have asked attorney general to check contents of letters sent by Sir John who also wrote to police minister Earl Ferrers.

If inquiry was made did it extend to re=examining a burglary of a retired Regional Crime Squad detective in Gwent 1992 ? And to the burglary 93/94 that stole Newport Gwent BMD records ?

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

Sir John's letters were primarily about trying to re-open inquiry into Sue Ryder Home deaths 1972. But also about suspected sabotage at Plessey Torpedoes Newport linked to the prima facie case for sabotage, consistent with OIRA Plan, at Petbow backup generators Kent.

I IRC 1991 was the year GLADIO was exposed by BBC2. And that was when Sir Ian JOHNSTON was still ACC Kent

Guys Hospital was a reported suspect sabotaged generator site linked to security warnings given to Kent Police before the 22.9.89 terrorist bombing of Deal Barracks. On the face of it Sir Ian as ACC Kent was sent or had access to two reports pre 89 and in 91 in which warnings on Guys featured.

Sir Ian transferred to Met and commanded SE London having ultimate command of Lawrence murder inquiry which is also a case with lines of inquiry related to Deal Barracks security history. In 1995 a tragedy occurred at Guys when the Petbow mains control and back up power system failed and cut power to post op life support where a child patient died. The area commander was ex Kent ACC Sir Ian Johnston.

Earlier in the 90s Sir John Stradling Thomas successor Roger Evans MP (Now barrister and Recorder) had submitted reports re Plessey and Petbow also naming Guys Hospital as a suspect site. IIRC these reports, known to Gwent Police, were submitted to DTI and MOD.

It remains a serious concern how Petbow was exempted Coroners inquiry 1995 and how a non blaming misadventure verdict was arrived at.

Southwark HM Coroner is having trouble finding the records but is aware of the concerns as is Attorney General.

I am an officially called witness NCA Stephen Lawrence case corruption inquiry. As far as I know the Guys child death is regarded at this time as beyond NCA terms of reference.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Card

Freedom of Information Request Reference No: 2017010000144

I write in connection with your request for information which was received
by the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/01/2017.  I note you seek
access to the following information:

REQUEST 1:
"Please disclose what/whether further inquiries were made re death of Sir
John STRADLING THOMAS MP at his Dolphin Square Home 1991.  

I have asked attorney general to check contents of letters sent by Sir
John who also wrote to police minister Earl Ferrers.  

If inquiry was made did it extend to re=examining a burglary of a retired
Regional Crime Squad detective in Gwent 1992 ?  And to the burglary 93/94
that stole Newport Gwent BMD records ?"

REQUEST 2:
"Sir John's letters were primarily about trying to re-open inquiry into
Sue Ryder Home deaths 1972.   But also about suspected sabotage at Plessey
Torpedoes Newport linked to the prima facie case for sabotage, consistent
with OIRA Plan, at Petbow backup generators Kent.

I IRC 1991 was the year GLADIO was exposed by BBC2.  And that was when Sir
Ian JOHNSTON was still ACC Kent

Guys Hospital was a reported suspect sabotaged generator site linked to
security warnings  given to Kent Police before the 22.9.89 terrorist
bombing of Deal Barracks.  On the face of it Sir Ian as ACC Kent was sent
or had access to two reports pre 89 and in 91 in which warnings on Guys
featured.  

Sir Ian transferred to Met and commanded SE London having ultimate command
of Lawrence murder inquiry which is also a case with lines of inquiry
related to Deal Barracks security history.  In 1995 a tragedy occurred at
Guys when the Petbow mains control and back up power system failed and cut
power to post op life support where a child patient died.  The area
commander was ex Kent ACC Sir Ian Johnston.  

Earlier in the 90s Sir John Stradling Thomas successor Roger Evans MP (Now
barrister and Recorder) had submitted reports re Plessey and Petbow also
naming Guys Hospital as a suspect site.  IIRC these reports, known to
Gwent Police, were submitted to DTI and MOD.  

It remains a serious concern how Petbow was exempted Coroners inquiry 1995
and how a non blaming misadventure verdict was arrived at.  

Southwark HM Coroner is having trouble finding the records but is aware of
the concerns as is Attorney General.  

I am an officially called witness NCA Stephen Lawrence case corruption
inquiry.  As far as I know the Guys child death is regarded at this time
as beyond NCA terms of reference."

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Dear Metropolitan Police Service (MPS),

I am referring to the Dolphin Square Inquiry made re child abuse complaints by "Nick". And whether historical inquiry explored the implications of Sir John's death 1991 concerning his casework that was cut short. Without knowing what further correspondence took place between attorney general and police minister and Sir John I can only say that it was inevitable his casework would have led to questions about the six years of disabled child deaths 1966 to 1972 in Islington and Hackney care at The Beeches Ixworth. A village close to the Henniker Estate later home to Peter Righton and allegedly abusive Islington Suffolk project.

Yours faithfully,

Richard Card

Metropolitan Police Service (MPS)

Dear Mr Card

Freedom of Information Request Reference No:2017010000144

I respond in connection with your request for information which was
received by Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) on 01/01/2017.

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