Chief to head probe into undercover policing at Met

Mick Creedon.
Mick Creedon.

The Chief Constable of Derbyshire Constabulary is to head an investigation into undercover policing at the Metropolitan Police, the Government has announced.

Home Secretary Theresa May revealed that Mick Creedon will take over Operation Herne from the Met’s deputy assistant commissioner Patricia Gallan.

Mr Creedon will examine claims police officers assumed the identities of dead children and that some officers had inappropriate sexual relationships.

Speaking in the House of Commons, Ms May said: “Given the seriousness of the latest allegations, the Metropolitan Police Commissioner, Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, and the chair of the IPCC, Dame Anne Owers, have agreed that it would be appropriate for a senior figure from outside the Met to take over the leadership of this investigation.

“Chief Constable Mick Creedon of Derbyshire police has agreed to take on the leadership of that investigation.”

Mr Creedon began his policing career at the age of 22.

He has been Derbyshire Constabulary’s chief constable since October 2007.