Line of Duty (2012) s05e06 Episode Script

Season 5, Episode 6

1 It's called Operation Pear Tree.
Our brief was to embed an undercover officer within an organised crime group.
Detective Sergeant John Corbett.
I'm just trying to get to the truth.
The top brass, they don't want me to succeed.
There's a bent copper running organised crime, I'm sure of it.
The man that broke in, I never saw his face.
He said you'd know why he'd done it.
I assaulted your gaffer's wife.
He'll make sure I go down, there's no two ways about it.
One zero to four five.
The order is Fahrenheit.
Sir, we'll lose all of Corbett's intel.
We know that Corbett is a coldblooded killer.
Give yourself up! You shoot me, then the truth never comes out.
Lee Banks? - Who the hell are you? - Superintendent Hastings.
You're a rat, John.
A rat.
What if he did blow Corbett's cover? Doesn't bear thinking about.
- This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
- How much? £100,000.
Haven't we earned a payday? I don't want the fiasco of Operation Pear Tree, which was not of your making, add a disastrous coda to an otherwise distinguished career.
Cover it up with all this stuff.
Come on.
I never asked you how your exams went.
Yeah, I got a date for my interview.
It's clear to me that the threshold test has been passed and therefore it is my lawful right to arrest you on suspicion - of conspiracy to murder John Corbett.
- No, no, no.
You will be held in custody while we gather further evidence against you.
What is happening here? I am being framed! Today was just for starters.
Now I'm going to prove that Hastings is H.
The inquiry into Superintendent Hastings is not a matter over which you're entitled to exercise choice.
Cooperation is your lawful duty as police officers and failure to comply is an offence under police conduct regulations.
Any of you obstructing my officers can and will face arrest.
But let's not fall out over this.
I'm sure we can all work together nicely.
DI Fleming, DS Arnott, can I borrow you a minute? Seven years and counting.
No-one's worked more closely with Ted Hastings than you two.
You have better insights into the man than anyone else in AC12.
So, what you know, I need to know, my team needs to know.
Ma'am, I'm not comfortable kicking the gaffer when he's down.
He recruited you.
- Yes, ma'am.
- Mm-hm.
Stuck by you when perhaps some others wouldn't have.
Shagging witnesses and suspects and the like.
I sympathise with your loyalties, DS Arnott, I really do, but on the other hand we have found £50,000 stashed in his hotel room so if I were you I wouldn't go round professing too close a loyalty to Ted Hastings, otherwise people might just start suspecting you of being an accessory to his offences.
H.
A senior police officer sitting at the top of an institutionalised relationship between organised crime and corrupt police officers.
AC12 failed to bring him down.
I won't.
Wow.
£50,000.
Ma'am, Sarge, can we talk please? - Sure.
What's up? - I've been looking into John Corbett's past, like you asked me to.
You said it was completely confidential - and I couldn't share it with anyone.
- What have you found? - May I ask what's going on in here? - Yeah.
A private conversation.
Didn't you hear DCS Carmichael? We need to know everything.
- It's Michelle, isn't it? - Yes.
Listen, Michelle, we're AC12.
We do this to other units week-in-week-out so don't try telling me how it works.
We're witnesses, not suspects.
Now, stop making a tit of yourself and piss off.
Sorry.
Go on.
It goes back to Superintendent Hastings' service with the Royal Ulster Constabulary.
When he was a PC in the 1980s, he was interviewed in connection with the disappearance of Anne-Marie McGillis.
- Corbett's mum? - Yeah.
- The records aren't brilliant.
- No, they never were in them days.
But they've been retained as the disappearance remains unsolved.
You've got this on file? Yes, Sarge, but I've kept it security protected.
Well done, but I don't want you getting in trouble so you should share the file with DCS Carmichael's team.
Yes, ma'am.
Thank you, ma'am.
Christ's sake, Kate.
I'm just calling it as I see it, Steve.
The truth comes first.
What, we just help Carmichael hammer nails in the gaffer's coffin? Well, you heard Carmichael.
If the gaffer is found guilty, I can guarantee it'll be us she'll be after next.
"Oh, we must have known Hastings was bent.
" What if the gaffer's innocent? We'll have betrayed him.
He'll come after us and we'll deserve it.
Well, I don't know about you, Steve, but I'm not going to sit around and wait for a kicking off the gaffer or Carmichael when there's police work to be done.
Stand clear of the door.
Corbett's murder, Hastings' arrest.
Fortunately, it will all be covered by our application for Public Interest Immunity.
Nothing need ever come out.
Unless Carmichael proves a link between Hastings and organised crime.
We have to go public with that.
There's pros and cons PR-wise.
Which makes me think we need to emphasise the wording.
Wording? Operation Pear Tree's objective was to examine institutionalised links between corrupt police officers and organised criminals.
Most people would prefer us spending that money reducing response times, putting more bobbies on the beat.
- Anyway, I'll leave that with you.
- Where are you going? The inquiry into Superintendent Hastings must be above reproach.
Wouldn't hurt to make sure.
- This is never easy.
- No.
Sorry for your loss.
We're sorry to have to ask but we're making further enquiries into John's undercover operation.
I can't help you.
Not sure I would even if I could.
I met John a few times.
He was a very brave man.
Steph, from what Merseyside Police have told us about your reaction to the news of your husband's death it has made us question some of the things you said to us when we was last here.
You're not in any trouble.
We just want to do right by John.
Sit down if you like.
Thank you.
It was all an act before.
John told me that was how to play it to protect him.
Going back to our visit on the 10th of March, we asked you about John's links to Northern Ireland.
He grew up over there.
When his mum died, he was took in by his auntie.
Did John ever talk about his mum? Yeah.
We've got a name, Anne-Marie McGillis.
Anne-Marie, yeah.
What did John say about her? John never said much.
To be honest, I don't know how much he ever knew.
He was He was only a kid when it all happened, about nine or ten.
When what happened? The story was Anne-Marie was helping the police and then the police betrayed her.
Let on she was an informant and that's why she got killed.
Did John ever say there was a particular officer involved? When he was older, his auntie said there was one that Anne-Marie had talked about.
A young fella her age.
I think he took a shine to her and she trusted him to look out for her.
He should have but he didn't.
Or worse.
What do you mean, worse? Something John said.
This copper, he was married, and there was a bit of scandal about him spending so much time round Anne-Marie's.
Maybe it suited him for Anne-Marie to go missing.
Did John have any evidence of this? Not that I know of.
Was there a name for this officer? If there was, I never heard it.
Not from John.
Did John ever connect this family history to the undercover operation he was involved in at the time of his death? John never told me what his jobs was about for me own protection.
And his.
Why are you so interested in what happened in Northern Ireland? Is there a connection? We don't know.
Corbett never mentioned Hastings to Steph.
He was only a kid when it happened.
Maybe he never knew the name.
Still, the undercover officer recruited to investigate links between the OCG and corrupt officers, all the way up to H, just happens to be the son of a woman murdered on the gaffer's patch? Well, now we know why Corbett was so convinced the gaffer's bent.
What we don't know is if someone else knew about Corbett's past link to the gaffer or if somehow Corbett managed to put himself - forward for the job.
- Exactly.
Any chance of it being a coincidence? Coincidence, my arse.
I see you've cleared everybody out.
That'll save the mutual embarrassment when I'm reinstated.
DCS Carmichael had concerns about security.
AC12 had a corrupt DI who shot his way out of here.
- Did you manage to get any sleep? - Not much.
Thank you.
As you were.
Listen, this heavy mob that you've just parachuted in, they look a bit trigger-happy to me.
But our man, Police Sergeant Kyle Ferringham, he knows this building inside out, you will not find a safer pair of hands.
You just said it.
He's your man.
I'll stick with mine, thank you.
Second interview of Edward Hastings in the presence of his solicitor by DCS Carmichael, DI Brandyce and PS Tranter.
You remain under caution.
As you know, you may be held for up to 24 hours, at which point you will either be released or charged with conspiracy to murder John Corbett.
Pausing interview.
PS Ferringham on official business.
What's going on? Gill Biggeloe, Senior Legal Counsel to the PCC, attending as an official observer to ensure correct procedures are followed.
- Why wasn't I informed? - You just were.
Thank you.
Ma'am.
Hi, Ted.
Resuming interview, now with PCC's Senior Legal Counsel observing.
- Mr Hastings, how did you? - I thought, ma'am, that we had agreed that I would be addressed by my rank.
Given the gravity of the charge against you, I know we'd both hate to be accused of special treatment.
Best we treat you like any normal, regular person who's been accused of plotting to kill someone, don't you agree? When did you receive confirmation that John Corbett had assaulted your wife? I'm sorry to probe.
I know this must be extremely upsetting for you.
- On the 12th of March.
- When on the 12th of March? During the operation to apprehend him.
Oh.
I see.
Talk about a pressure situation.
My heart goes out to you.
To have that trauma at that very same moment as being in command of armed officers surrounding John Corbett.
Still, and, I am sorry about this, I do need to ask you about the events that followed.
DI Brandyce.
Document 53 in your folders.
Document 53 is a copy of the report made by the Tactical Firearms Commander during said operation on the 12th of March, written on the 13th of March and received later that day by the Strategic Firearms Commander.
Drawing your attention to page three of said report, paragraph four, "Superintendent Hastings relayed a Fahrenheit order to DS Arnott.
" - Did you give said order? - Yes.
What's your understanding of said order? The authority to deploy lethal force to prevent immediate loss of life or prevent immediate danger to the public.
Responsibility for issuing said order lies with the Strategic Firearms Commander.
For the order to be issued by any other officer is unlawful.
Corbett had already drawn his firearm, DS Arnott was facing an immediate threat to life, I was concerned that DS Arnott would hesitate and that Corbett would discharge his firearm.
I gave the order to save my officer's life.
In your mind, having just learned that Corbett had tortured your wife, - no other motivations were at work? - None.
And that he was involved in the death of one of your officers, - PC Maneet Bindra? - Yes.
- You weren't vengeful towards Corbett? - My first concern remained, as it should do for all police officers, the preservation of life.
Clearly you weren't concerned with the preservation - of John Corbett's life.
- I did not cause his death.
He brought it upon himself when he went rogue.
I take no pleasure in this but the man had it coming to him in spades.
I'd like to return to the remarks you made to DS Railston following the assault on your wife.
That's Document 60 in your folders.
Document 60 is a crime report by DS Samantha Railston detailing statements made by Edward Hastings on the 8th of March.
Page 2, para 3, "Superintendent Hastings stated, 'Whoever's responsible better start praying "'he's up in front of the judge before I get my hands on him.
'" What did you mean by that? It was rhetorical.
And what would you have done if, as per your statement, you had "got your hands on him"? I would have done what any police officer would have done and arrested him for grievous bodily harm.
Which sounds like what any law-abiding officer would do.
Well, I am a law-abiding officer.
And yet, on the 12th of March, you ordered DS Arnott to shoot John Corbett in cold blood.
To prevent an immediate loss of life! And later that same day, you visited Lee Banks, an OCG member on remand in Blackthorn Prison.
Yeah, to harvest information on the OCG.
When DS Arnott quite rightly did not deploy lethal force against John Corbett, did you take matters into your own hands and disclose to Lee Banks that John Corbett was an undercover police officer? No, I did not.
Disclosing this information with the expectation that it would be - passed on to the OCG? - No! I'm really sorry to labour something that I know you find very upsetting, but I'd like to return to the injuries that John Corbett inflicted on your wife.
If you must.
Thank you.
The case was dealt with by the Serious Crime Unit.
Document 60 in your folders.
Drawing your attention to page 2, para 2, "When questioned, Superintendent Hastings denied knowledge of "any significance to the pattern of injuries sustained by the victim.
" - Is that what you said to DS Railston? - Yes.
Thank you for being truthful with us.
I can't tell you how much easier that makes everything.
Now, as part of our inquiry, we've been given access to your service record.
The service record is summarised in Document 2 in your folders.
The service record indicates Edward Hastings joined the Royal Ulster Constabulary in 1982 and served as a police constable for seven years, till his promotion to Police Sergeant and transfer in 1989.
Sorry, I don't mean to put you on the spot, but seven years' policing in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, and you never came across a pattern of injuries that involved the wrists, knees and ankles? Yeah, but, look You have to remember, my team had only just discovered that DS Railston's officer, Commanding Detective Chief Superintendent Lester Hargreaves, was corrupt, having been an accomplice with the OCG in their armed robbery of Eastfield Depot.
So, you're offering by way of an explanation that you withheld information for fear of how it would be misused by Railston? The assault on my wife appeared to be the work of the organised crime group that we were investigating, a threat or a warning to me to suppress the inquiry.
I just didn't want to give them the satisfaction of knowing how upsetting I found the whole event.
So, you did appreciate the significance of the injuries? Yes, all right, look, if you want me to state the obvious.
Yes, a resemblance to punishment and or torture meted out by paramilitary and/or terrorist organisations.
Indeed, so now, let's turn to your service with the Royal Ulster Constabulary in the period 1982-1989, inclusive.
Document 62.
PC Edward Hastings served in West Belfast.
A periodic professional assessment submitted in the summer of 1988 by Police Sergeant Thomas Cranford notes the following, "Hastings appears to have a rapport with the Catholic community "due to his own Catholic tendencies.
" Are you able to tell us a little bit about your background? Well, I'd really rather not.
A Catholic in the RUC, were you in the minority? I was, and am, a police officer.
I do not discriminate against my fellow officers on grounds of creed, and I would appreciate the same courtesy.
Well, the sergeant writing up that RUC periodic professional assessment didn't mind referring to it.
Document 62 continued, "Hastings' family background is more complicated, "which may prove valuable in future assignments.
" What did he mean by that? - You'd have to ask him.
- We did.
Document 65 in your folders.
Statement by former Police Sergeant, now retired, Thomas Cranford, submitted to Anticorruption Unit 3 on the 14th of March.
"We all thought he was Protestant.
"Edward and Hastings, what else is the fella going to be? "Turned out that was a sensitive subject.
"His old man was a Protestant but he'd married a Catholic, "and when he went off, his mum brought up young Ted that way.
" Why did you leave the RUC? Well the kind of talk we just heard being quoted didn't help.
In 1989, you suffered serious injuries.
On 29th of June 1989, an RUC patrol vehicle drove over a pipe bomb, causing the death of PC Patrick O'Malley and serious injury to PC Edward Hastings.
Two Catholic officers targeted? Yeah, well, it doesn't take a genius to see why I put in for a transfer.
Or were you targeted for another reason? I don't know what you're referring to.
I'd like to examine events in the period 1988-1989 and, specifically, a special assignment that you took part in.
Do you recognise the name Anne-Marie McGillis? For the DIR, I'm showing the interviewee Image 41, an RUC file photograph of Anne-Marie McGillis.
Mr Hastings? You're going back 30 years here, come on.
Let's see if this can jog your memory.
Document 78 in your folders.
Document 78 is a report entered into the Royal Ulster Constabulary files on missing persons, dated the 23rd of May 1989.
Anne-Marie McGillis was reported missing on the 19th April 1989.
The night before, Tuesday the 18th April, Anne-Marie left her son with a neighbour, informing the neighbour that she was popping out for a couple of hours to visit a friend in hospital.
Anne-Marie never returned to collect her son.
No witnesses came forward to reveal Anne-Marie's movements on the night she disappeared.
No-one known to Anne-Marie was able to identify the family friend who was admitted in to hospital.
The Missing Persons team concluded that this person didn't exist, and that Anne-Marie had deceived her neighbour regarding her activities on the night she disappeared.
A number of individuals known to Anne-Marie were interviewed in connection with the Missing Persons inquiry.
And one such individual was Police Constable Edward Hastings.
Do you recall these events, Mr Hastings? Some.
What do you recall? Well, Anne-Marie's husband had been murdered a few years before.
Apparently, he was active during the Troubles.
One of those nasty little tit-for-tat killings.
Anyway, Anne-Marie, she blamed someone higher up the chain of command for her husband's death, you know She felt that he was sacrificed needlessly.
Anyway, grief, I think later turned to passing information to the police about terrorist activities.
- She was an CHIS informant? - Yes.
And did you play a role in Anne-Marie serving as a CHIS? Yes, well, she Look, she lived on my patch.
You know, in those days, it was very difficult for the RUC to enter certain areas, to er to put it mildly.
And I think some local women found out my mother was a Catholic and that I was a Catholic too.
And I think that bought a bit of trust.
You were instrumental in Anne-Marie trusting the police with information she was disclosing about terrorist organisations? I helped, that's all.
Did you have meetings with Mrs McGillis? - Some.
- According to the file, you didn't always meet Anne-Marie in covert locations.
You were seen entering and leaving her home.
Yes, you know, I'd give her a hand.
Little odd jobs, there was no man about the house.
I'm no expert in RUC covert tactics in the 1980s, but I would have thought that making it appear that a young woman from a Republican community has some kind of friendship with a police officer is only going to invite trouble.
The sort of trouble that might get you targeted by a pipe bomb, or get your lady friend murdered.
I object to the term "lady friend".
What level of friendship was it? What do you mean? She was an attractive young widow.
Yes.
And I was a married man! According to the file, there were rumours you two were conducting an affair.
Yeah, but that's what they were, rumours.
Just gossip, drummed up by a bunch of people no better than they should've been.
Regardless, I'm sure you can see how your intimacy could've put Anne-Marie in jeopardy.
That's not what happened! Did she meet a police officer to pass information on the evening of Tuesday the 18th April 1989? Yes.
You? Yes.
What happened that night? Well, she told me that she'd made up some story about going to visit a sick friend.
She passed the information to me.
And, as far as I know, she returned home.
Were you involved in her disappearance? No.
As God is my witness, I was not.
According to the Missing Persons file, you were the last person to see her alive.
That is an equivocation, Detective Chief Superintendent, as well you know.
I'll rephrase.
You were the last person to admit to police in an official statement to seeing Anne-Marie McGillis alive.
I watched her walk down the street, turn the corner.
Anne-Marie McGillis trusted you implicitly? Yes, I believe she did.
One theory considered by the RUC is that you exploited that trust - to lure Anne-Marie to her death.
- Completely false! The theory being that, as a Catholic, you were susceptible to relationships with the very organisations that Anne-Marie was informing on.
Look Growing up back then, in the 70's, in the city, they were everywhere.
They were part of the culture.
This sort of organisation? Oh, come on now, I didn't want any part of that.
I became a police officer.
Anything familiar about their appearance? It was a different time, a different thing entirely.
Nonetheless, they're wearing the clothing associated with organised crime groups that AC12 have been investigating - for seven years or more.
- There's no direct connection! Anne-Marie McGillis' remains weren't found until 2001.
Document 72.
Document 72 is the postmortem report on Anne-Marie McGillis.
The cause of death was a single gunshot wound to the head.
Additional gunshot wounds were detected bilaterally on the victim's wrists, knees and ankles.
Lesions caused by haemorrhage indicate these gunshot wounds were inflicted when the victim was still alive.
Anne-Marie McGillis was tortured in the same pattern as that inflicted on your wife.
Yeah, but that's how they did it back then.
But this does not necessitate a direct connection.
Her son.
Did you ever meet him? Er No.
She always left her son with some neighbours or a family friend, something like that.
She never wanted him involved.
When Anne-Marie disappeared, her son was orphaned at the age of 10.
He was taken in by Anne-Marie's sister and her brother-in-law, who resided in Liverpool.
The boy was adopted and he took their surname.
Corbett.
John Corbett.
Corbett was Anne-Marie's wee fella? No.
Would you like to take a break, Ted? Yes, of course.
OK.
Is there anything I can do to help? Just give me a minute.
Mark Moffatt? DI Fleming.
DS Arnott.
Do you have a minute, sir? Sir's long gone.
Mark's fine.
I don't know if you remember us from AC12.
- Can you give us a minute? - Yeah, sure.
Water under the bridge, as far as I'm concerned.
No hard feelings.
We'd like to ask you a couple of questions about your commercial relationship with Superintendent Hastings.
Ted was a an original investor in a development that went south about six years back.
We got it back on track, so I offered Ted a buy-in to try and recoup his original losses.
And did he? Unfortunately, he couldn't come up with the funds.
According to Superintendent Hastings, you loaned him £50,000 off-book.
50? Yeah, that's the figure we've been given.
I don't know how Ted's got that idea.
Does the name John Corbett mean anything to you? No, sorry.
If that's all Thanks for your time.
Give Ted my best.
Well, we drew a blank on Corbett.
Yeah, you saw his reaction when we mentioned the 50 grand.
Something's not right.
We need to find out what.
Resuming interview.
You remain under caution.
Now, let's examine in more detail some evidence we found in your hotel room on the 14th of March.
Image 9.
You'll recall Image 9 shows item reference MB1.
You'll recall item reference MB1 is a brown envelope addressed to you, containing item reference MB2.
MB2 are banknotes in the sum of £50,000.
Superintendent Hastings has already given a full and clear explanation regarding this item.
To summarise, it was an unsolicited advance on future profits.
Superintendent Hastings was extremely uncomfortable about the loan, and telephoned Mark Moffat to return the money.
DI Brandyce.
We took further steps to detect the source of said cash.
I told you, it came from Mark Moffatt.
DI Brandyce.
Document 40 in your folders.
Forensic analysis of banknotes MB2 detected microscopic pollen deposits.
Pollen grains detected on MB2 were subjected to chemical analysis.
The chemical structure of pollen grains detected on MB2 closely resembles the chemical structure of pollen grains detected on items of evidence gathered during AC-12's inquiry into Operation Pear Tree.
Said evidence are item reference JLM5 and item reference JD5.
Image 12, Tina.
Image 12 shows a cache of banknotes in the sum of £25,000 detected under floorboards at 21 Cleric Way.
Do you recognise the banknotes shown in the image, - Superintendent Hastings? - No, no, I do not.
Said banknotes were detected at a property belonging to a Vihaan Malhotra.
Image 31.
Image 31 shows item reference JD5.
JD5 is a cache of banknotes in the sum of £5,000 detected at 17 Hazelton Street.
Said banknotes were detected at a property belonging to PS Jane Cafferty.
The similar pollen structures detected on items JD5, JLM5 and MB2 indicate a 99.
5% probability the items derive from the same original source.
I have not been bribed! The 50 grand found in your hotel room came from the same pot as that used to bribe Vihaan Malhotra and PS Jane Cafferty.
And, according to evidence obtained by your own unit, those individuals were in the pay of the same organised crime group in which John Corbett was embedded.
I do not have a connection with Malhotra or Cafferty.
- This bribe proves you do.
- No.
Was it an inducement or a reward for telling Lee Banks the identity of the undercover officer within the OCG? I disclosed nothing to Banks.
A disclosure which brought about the murder of John Corbett.
No.
What was Corbett on to that you were so desperate to keep hidden? I'll repeat the question.
What was John Corbett on to that you were so desperate to keep hidden? Look you have fabricated a motive where none existed.
Who would want John Corbett dead? - What do you mean? - If you didn't, who would? Well, clearly any individual against whom John Corbett might be gathering evidence, including those members of the OCG with whom he was embedded.
Were there any specific corrupt police officers targeted by Operation Pear Tree? - Not that I'm aware of.
- Mm.
Document 5 in your folders.
This is a copy of a document seized by AC-12 on the 23rd of February from the offices of Operation Pear Tree.
I direct you to page 6, paragraph 6.
"It remains to be determined "if police officers of senior and/or executive rank "are actively complicit in organised criminal activities "either as individuals or as a conspiracy.
"A hypothesis to be examined by the operation "is that said alleged complicity "is orchestrated by a single police officer "of senior or executive rank.
" - Do you recognise those words? - Yes.
Yes.
I've read the file.
There's a hell of a lot of ifs and buts in that.
Page 6, paragraph 8, "Detective Inspector Matthew Cottan, "serving in Anticorruption Unit 12 from 2013 until his death, "recorded a dying declaration on the 18th of July 2015.
" Thank you, Tina.
Who's top dog, Dot? Caddy.
No, you're The Caddy.
We know that.
- Told - Told! You told someone.
Someone very senior? Prom Prom.
Promotion? Someone promoted you? Who? Come on, Dot.
Come in, he can't talk.
Right, blink with the first two letters of his name.
A.
B.
C.
D.
E.
F.
G.
H.
I.
H? His name begins with H.
Right second letter? A.
B.
C.
D.
E That's it, out of the way! I'll start bagging.
Thank you, Tina.
In his dying declaration, DI Cottan declared that the name of the senior officer commanding the complicity with organised crime began with H.
Page 6, paragraph 8 continued, "An investigation by Anticorruption Unit 12 "concluded in 2017 that H was "Assistant Chief Constable Derek Hilton.
"Hilton was found dead on the 5th of May 2017.
"However, the hypothesis must be examined that H is "an officer other than Hilton.
" Do you recall these words? Well, the evidence against Hilton was overwhelming.
Clearly, if any new evidence came to light, AC-12 would gladly investigate.
Has any other officer ever been accused of being H? I'll repeat the question.
Has any other senior officer ever been accused of being H? - Yes.
- Who? The accusation was a calculated falsehood designed to sabotage a lawful anticorruption inquiry.
Who was accused? In an effort to sabotage an AC-12 inquiry that was about to uncover his own offences, Assistant Chief Constable Derek Hilton falsely accused the Senior Investigating Officer, in order to discredit AC-12, discredit the inquiry, and to protect his own wrongdoing.
The SIO being who? Myself.
To be clear, you were served with a Regulation 15 Notice.
The allegation against Superintendent Hastings was disproved.
It wasn't disproved.
There was insufficient evidence to prove it.
- I'd argue they're the same thing.
- They're not.
They're really not.
Detective Chief Superintendent, better to save the commentary and stick to asking questions.
Just saying.
Actually, while I've got your attention, I wonder if we can dig into this search of Superintendent Hastings' hotel room.
- This has all been covered.
- Not by me.
What were the grounds for the search? Section 18.
5.
Well, why then does Document 12 in your folders, the arresting officer's report, refer to Section 32 as the legal power used to carry out the search? DI Brandyce? The correct search form was supplied.
Afterwards, yes, but initially it seems that the officers at the scene of Superintendent Hastings' arrest were under the impression that the search was being carried out under Section 32.
You were there at that time, - weren't you? - Yes.
So, under what power did you carry out the search at the time? There was some confusion.
I see that, DI Brandyce.
You carried out the search under Section 32.
There's even the original search form in the file.
Thank you.
As we all know, Section 32 permits the search of a premises the detainee was at either at the time of his arrest or immediately prior to that arrest.
I refer to Document 13 in your folders, the statement given by Superintendent Hastings on the 14th of March.
Superintendent Hastings states that he travelled from this office, Anticorruption Unit 12, to the Edge Park Hotel.
Superintendent Hastings wasn't in his hotel room at the time of his arrest or immediately prior.
Section 32 was the incorrect legal power.
This mistake was detected and corrected only after the search.
As items MB1 and MB2 submitted in evidence were detected unlawfully, I can't see how the cache of £50,000 can be used in evidence against Superintendent Hastings.
Well, that is for a court to decide.
Given what I've heard, the judge will almost certainly exclude it.
And it's the only evidence that you've got linking Superintendent Hastings to organised crime.
I think we should call a temporary halt, giving my team time to examine further evidence.
Mr Hastings, you'll be returned to custody and charged or released within 24 hours of your original arrest.
Approximately six hours.
Interview terminated.
- May I? - Yes, yes, of course.
Gill, I don't know what to say.
I am not going to lie, Ted, it is a good job that someone was paying attention.
God knows where your solicitor was during all that.
Everything is in here in black and white.
I know, I don't know why I didn't see it myself.
The idea that you are corrupt is ridiculous.
Clearly Mark Moffatt's lying about the money.
You don't have a bent bone in your body.
This'll all go away, Ted.
Trust me.
Thanks, Gill.
Thank you.
- Yeah.
, - Yeah.
DI Fleming, DS Arnott to see DSU Powell.
It's fine.
I've got this.
- Ma'am.
- Ma'am.
Detective Superintendent Alison Powell with DI Fleming, DS Arnott, AC-12.
Confirm that you grant permission for this recording.
- DI Fleming, confirmed.
- DS Arnott, confirmed.
We'd like to fill in some background on how John Corbett was recruited.
How was Corbett assigned as the UCO? John was one of a number of candidates considered for the role.
He presented with a distinguished record of successful operations against organised crime.
Did he come to you first, ma'am? Did he volunteer? What are you getting at, DI Fleming? It's a straight question, ma'am.
There was a short list.
The candidates were evaluated.
Corbett was selected as the right officer for the job.
Who selected him? Look, I made the recommendations on Corbett, this was my operation, but you can't put all of this on me, I wasn't the only person involved.
Who else was involved in selecting Corbett? This is off the record.
How long have we got? Just a few hours.
Going to have to blue-light it.
We just got the e-mail.
I'm calling for authentication.
Thanks.
Edward Hastings, new evidence against you has come to light.
This evidence will be submitted in written form and you and your solicitor will have four hours to consider this evidence.
- What new evidence? - Great, thanks.
Pending further investigation, I'll be seeking an extension of 12 hours to your permitted custody time.
- What evidence? - Take him to the cells.
Come on, Ted, we should do as they say.
- Thank you, Tina.
- Ma'am.
Looks like we've got him, ma'am.
You nearly cost me this case.
I'll be expecting your transfer request first thing in the morning.
Mrs Corbett.
We've got a new line of inquiry, we need your urgent help with it.
May we come in please? - Yeah, come in.
- Thanks.
Subject is in the building.
Repeat, the subject is in the building.
This must be awful for you, Ted.
Resuming interview of Edward Hastings.
You remain under caution.
Have you had an opportunity to consider with your solicitor the new documents disclosed to you? I have.
Edward Hastings, when was the last time you were in contact with John Corbett? Never.
And have you ever been near enough to make physical contact with John Corbett? Never.
I'll ask you again.
When were you last in physical contact with John Corbett? I only ever saw the fella once.
It was across a very busy street during an AC-12 surveillance operation.
It must have been 100 yards away.
As you'll have seen in the disclosure documents, specifically Document 106 in your folders, forensic examination of John Corbett's body has detected human hairs not belonging to him.
Said hairs were attached to follicular cells which permitted DNA analysis.
The DNA found in these follicular cells matches that of a person on the police database who is a police officer who has submitted a DNA sample for routine elimination from crime scene contamination.
As you know from the documents disclosed to you, the DNA deposits detected on John Corbett's body match your elimination samples.
I've never been within 100 yards of John Corbett.
Your DNA was found on his body.
Can you explain this finding? I can't! It must have been planted! As a result of this evidence, I have been in consultation with the Senior Prosecutor in the Complex Case Unit.
I did not kill Corbett! She is satisfied that the evidence against you is sufficient to charge you with the murder of John Corbett.
No, I'm being framed! I'd now like to move on to examine your motive for murdering John Corbett.
I did not murder Corbett! May I ask, given the gravity of the murder charge, why are you continuing? I have been tasked with investigating the highest level of corruption between police officers and organised crime, - the highest level.
- I am not corrupt! I'm the one who's leading the fight against corruption! The highest level is the individual codenamed H.
Significantly, Cottan led AC-12's inquiry into the identity of the police officer believed to be the intermediary for organised crime, codenamed The Caddy.
The Caddy was identified as being Cottan himself.
Superintendent Hastings was the Senior Investigating Officer on the inquiry into H.
I see an interesting parallel there.
No, no.
There's no parallel there.
I'm not H.
Still, there was an allegation that you were.
Why were you so reluctant to entrust the investigation into an independent anticorruption unit? I wasn't.
Why did you shoot Robert Denmoor? Image 76 on screen.
Image 76 shows Robert Denmoor, a violent criminal with known associations to organised crime.
Denmoor was incriminated in a plot to tamper with evidence in Operation Trapdoor.
Denmoor was shot dead by Superintendent Hastings on the ground floor of AC-12's headquarters on the 4th of May 2017.
Yeah, Denmoor posed an immediate threat to life and lethal force was required to stop him.
Therefore the Coroner recorded a finding of lawful killing.
The official report records there were a dozen AFOs on the scene, and none of them opened fire.
In fact, according to the report, you snatched a firearm from a wounded AFO.
Yeah, I did.
The fatal round discharged by you prevented questioning of Denmoor.
Prevented the loss of life.
Denmoor would have been a key witness who could have confirmed Hilton as H.
- Yes.
- Or excluded him.
Yes, also.
You were prepared to lose that priceless evidence, the same judgment you demonstrated on the 12th of March when you ordered DS Arnott to deploy lethal force against John Corbett.
Look, I told you, Corbett was armed, he was responsible for the death of Maneet Bindra, Lester Hargreaves, I gave the order to safeguard my officer's life! Corbett was notifying DS Arnott of a meeting with a high-ranking nominal who could well have been H.
Corbett was a liar.
He was playing games with all of us.
He was a decorated undercover officer whose courageous actions in the past had brought to justice hardened members of organised criminal groups.
Corbett gave DS Arnott alone the details of the meeting with H.
He did.
You ordered DS Arnott to disclose those details? You're damn right I did, I was his commanding officer, for Christ's sake.
What the hell's going on here? And at said meeting, the same day, the 12th of March, at the Palisades Shopping Centre, what happened then? - No meeting took place.
- Why do you think that was? Well, Corbett was about to be apprehended by AC-12.
I suspect that he, you know, lied about the meeting at the Palisades to secure his own escape.
Or he was telling the truth and the information was leaked to H.
We detected no evidence of a leak.
We examined your personal communications records and found no suspicious calls.
However I do need you to account for two unexplained findings.
We've detected activity in the vicinity of AC-12 on unregistered mobile phones, so-called burner phones used for illicit communications.
We've identified a specific burner phone.
Tina, thank you.
Document 92.
Document 92 is a call history of an unregistered mobile, 07700900856.
The device shows clusters of activity in the vicinity of AC-12 over the last six weeks and also engaged in communication with other burner phones.
Cross checking with door entry download data reveals only one AC-12 officer was present in the building on every occasion 07700900856 was detected.
That officer was Superintendent Edward Hastings.
Is 07700900856 your phone? No, it is not.
- Did you dispose of the phone? - There was never a phone.
Have you ever disposed of a communications device? - Tina.
- Document 24.
Document 24 shows screenshots from a laptop forensically recovered from the Flicker nightclub used by Lisa McQueen and John Corbett to communicate with H.
As we can see, H issued his orders via text.
I'll repeat the question.
Have you ever disposed - of a communications device? - No.
- PS Tranter, thank you.
- As stated by DCS Carmichael, we examined the communication history of Edward Hastings.
Document 28 in your folders is said communication history relating to your personal registered mobile telephone and your work registered mobile telephone.
From these phones we've been able to harvest location data.
We detected suspicious behaviour on the 5th of March.
Location data places both phones at the Edge Park Hotel around 15:00 hours that day.
The user then switches off both phones for the rest of the day.
When location data resumes the next day, the 6th of March, the phones are back in the Edge Park Hotel.
Why did you switch off your phones? I I really don't recall.
Do you recall the significance of that date, the 5th of March? - No.
- That night, the OCG carried out an armed robbery at the Eastfield Depot, making away with seized goods with an estimated street value of £50 million.
Yeah, OK, look, I'm sorry.
I mean, the date must have slipped my mind.
Where were you from 15:00 hours on the 5th of March? Well, I remained I remained in and around the Edge Park Hotel, on standby for developments for AC-12's surveillance operation on the Eastfield Depot.
This was a hugely important operation.
Wasn't it essential that you be contactable? Well, I We'd established a direct line of communication through Airwave radio and I had direct dial access to my officers.
My own works phone was redundant.
Why didn't you attend the operation in person? To ensure operational independence.
DI Fleming, she acted as the Tactical Firearms Commander under an independent Strategic Firearms Commander.
The result being that your whereabouts were unknown until you made contact via an Airwave radio much later that night.
That's neither here nor there.
We attempted to trace your movements on the 5th of March.
Tina, thank you.
Starting from a radius of 100 metres around the Edge Park Hotel, we examined CCTV and traffic cameras.
Image 32.
Who's seen in this image? Me.
What's the package you're carrying? I'm reserving comment.
We were able to trace the taxi's journey to a drop-off point in the Moss Heath area.
Again, we examined CCTV cameras in a 100-metre radius.
Image 33.
Who's seen in this image? Me.
What are you doing in this image? We know from the recovered laptop from the nightclub that the OCG communicated with H via online messaging.
Examination of the OCG laptop's hard drive revealed a sophisticated re-routing system via various VPNs to disguise H's IP address.
And while we're still unable to determine H's location, we know for certain that the hard drive of the computer would contain metadata proving it was used to communicate with the OCG.
Evidence that he would take great pains to dispose of.
OK.
Well, we shall come back to it.
As we've established, the night of the 5th of March saw the OCG robbery at the Eastfield Depot.
At 22:40 hours that night, a status zero radio call was made by PC Kieran Bloom requesting urgent assistance to Farmer's Lane.
How did you respond to that emergency call? The Authorised Firearms Officers who were giving assistance to the AC-12 surveillance of the Eastfield Depot were the nearest armed response unit.
And so given our responsibility towards preserving life, I authorised the AFOs to render assistance.
As a result of your actions, the OCG were able to flee Eastfield with £50 million worth of seized goods.
My decision was based on saving police officers' lives.
Priceless, I would say.
H would have wanted the robbery to succeed, wouldn't he, so that he could have shared in the proceeds? That's hypothetical.
You went to a nightclub known to be an OCG haunt, in the hope of effecting a meeting, without independent authorisation.
Yeah, well, look You know, they'd killed Maneet, they'd murdered Lester Hargreaves, they'd held up the Eastfield depot.
- Time was running out.
- You pretended to be H successfully enough for the OCG to share with you the proceeds of the Eastfield Robbery.
No.
I was using them to find out where the proceeds were hidden.
Who better to impersonate H than H himself? No.
That is not what was happening! It's like I told you, look, time was running out.
I was desperate.
Well, it's convenient to rationalise all this as the desperation of a failing SIO.
But before we do, let's consider the communications made between Corbett and you via a computer link.
Tina.
Document 105 in your folders and on screen.
Document 105 is a transcript of a written message composed by you and transmitted on the evening of the 12th of March.
Please look at line 3, which reads, "I can definately pull the right strings.
" Note the misspelling of "definitely".
Going back to earlier messages believed to have been written by H, please look at the message transmitted on the 3rd of March, "Eastfield Depot is definately high risk.
" Again, note the misspelling.
How closely had you studied the messages by H? Oh, yeah.
Oh, yeah.
Quite closely.
Closely enough to duplicate the misspelling of this particular word? Yes.
You're the SIO on one of the biggest anticorruption operations this force has ever seen, and you have the headspace to learn to spell like H? Yes.
Isn't it more likely that you inadvertently misspelled this word? - No.
- No? Isn't it more likely that you made the same mistake as H - because you are H? - I am not H.
Looking at another part of the impersonated message you composed, line 4, "I need you to bring all this to a close.
" What did you mean by that? What H meant was that the Eastfield goods were a liability and needed to be taken out of the country quickly.
It could imply another meaning, that you were giving the order to execute John Corbett.
No! Absolutely not! What private material was stored on the hard drive of the laptop computer that you erased on the 5th of March? No, it's not relevant to this inquiry.
If we'd been able to find H's computer, we'd have the proof we needed.
You disposed of your computer because you knew that.
That it would prove beyond all reasonable doubt that you are H.
No.
Then why did you dispose of the computer? I was looking at pornography.
Nothing illegal, nothing extreme.
I just did not want it to be found.
That's all.
Nothing illegal or extreme, but you went to the lengths of disposing of the computer? Look, it was private stuff, so, you know My wife has left me, and Jesus Christ.
Look, I really don't want to discuss it.
And after you entered the nightclub as part of your unauthorised undercover operation, you were next located where the Eastfield goods were being concealed.
It was pure chance, an active burner phone inadvertently left on by an OCG member, that meant you were found.
We could be forgiven for thinking that you didn't want to be found.
No, that's simply not true.
The net was closing in.
Your identity was slowly being unmasked.
You reunited with the OCG in order to share in the profits of the Eastfield robbery.
Look, no Look, look I had risked my life and my career in order to catch them.
The two most precious things to me in the whole world, I laid them on the line, because I was so determined, and I was so desperate that AC-12 would not fail.
Do you know, one thing I keep going back to is that dying declaration by DI Cottan.
Tina, thank you.
Cottan, your own officer, named the top man as H.
And now, finally, there's overwhelming evidence that H is you.
I'm not H.
John Corbett was proving - the trail led to your door.
- No.
That's why you had John Corbett - murdered.
- No.
You ordered DS Arnott to shoot him dead.
- No.
- And when that plan failed, you visited Lee Banks in Blackthorn Prison and revealed to him that Corbett was an undercover police officer.
- No.
No.
- But killing Corbett wasn't enough.
You needed to know what he had on you, didn't you? - No.
- And that was the biggest mistake that you made.
Because in the final meeting with Corbett, before you slashed his throat and dumped him at the breakers yard, one of your hairs contaminated Corbett's body.
NO! Edward Hastings, H, I have been in consultation with the Senior Prosecutor at the Complex Case Unit and I will now go back to her seeking authority to charge you with the murder of John Corbett, conspiracy to commit armed robbery and malfeasance in a public office.
I think it might be helpful if Mr Hastings is given some time with his solicitor.
Fine by me.
Thank you, Tina, well done.
Ma'am.
Interview terminated at 21:46.
Where's the AFOs? Kyle? Ma'am.
I thought there was meant to be armed support while the gaffer was being interviewed? Looks like it's been scaled back.
It'll be down to other operational commitments.
- Always is.
- OK.
You've got to hand it to Carmichael.
There's a lot stacking up.
And that's with setting aside the bundle of cash in your hotel room.
- Which I was about to return! - All of it? Moffatt denies any knowledge of the money so nobody's put the exact sum to him.
But according to the files, the amount required to buy in to the property development wasn't 50 grand it was 100.
Now, if there is another 50 grand somewhere eventually someone's going to find it.
Now, I'm on your side, Ted.
But if I was on a jury, I'd say this all looks damning.
Now, I'm confident I can talk the PCC into applying political pressure to suppress Carmichael's investigation.
Much better to blow our trumpets about recovering the stolen goods and neutralising the OCG.
You'll have to accept a misconduct charge for carrying out unauthorised operations and resign from the force.
No doubt AC-12 will be disbanded.
Thank you, yes, the threshold tests have been met definitely.
What's going on? The DCS is on to the Crown Prosecutor.
- Ma'am.
- Ma'am.
- DS Arnott.
- DI Fleming.
Well, the last thing I need right now is another knife in me back.
That was never our intention, sir.
Yeah? Funny way of showing it.
We've been making inquiries into some of the gaps in our understanding of Corbett's involvement in Operation Pear Tree.
Yeah.
Under whose orders? Hers? No, sir, on our own.
We're just trying to find the truth.
What's going on? We've gathered further information that may be relevant - to your inquiry.
- You can brief me in private.
If it's OK with you, ma'am, we intend to share our findings with Superintendent Hastings and his solicitor.
His solicitor is making calls.
Yeah, well, they've come to talk to me and I'd like to hear what they've got to say.
Quite right.
It's up to you if you want to be in on it or not.
Operation Pear Tree was originally authorised following an instruction from Rohan Sindwhani, the Police and Crime Commissioner.
Sindwhani had made an election promise to tackle police corruption.
The specific remit of Pear Tree is to examine whether complicity between organised crime and police officers has been institutionalised in this force.
Detective Superintendent Alison Powell, having no connection to Central Police, was brought in to lead Pear Tree.
Powell identified suitable undercover officers from outside forces and submitted their CVs to Deputy Chief Constable Andrea Wise.
Following a consultation process, John Corbett was selected to be the UCO.
Bear in mind, Corbett's background was available to be examined as part of the process.
This was before his service record was erased from the database and large portions of the Pear Tree files were redacted.
DSU Powell informed us that PCC Sindwhani took no part in the selection process, but it was agreed his Senior Legal Counsel would act on his behalf.
I don't need to remind everyone there's been controversies surrounding undercover operations.
The PCC required assurances that Pear Tree was legally watertight.
According to DSU Powell, the Senior Legal Counsel strongly favoured Corbett and was instrumental in selecting him.
Corbett had a distinguished record handling the perils of being embedded inside an organised crime group.
He was by far the best man for the job.
Ms Biggeloe, when did you first become aware of John Corbett? When we looked at the files to select an undercover officer.
Gill Biggeloe, you do not have to say anything but it may harm your defence if you do not mention when questioned something you later rely on in court.
Anything you do say may be used in evidence.
OK.
Well, given that the DIR's off, I'd like to make my own personal recording.
Any objections? I think we need to take a step back, actually.
Recording on.
If you could kindly bear with us, ma'am.
Ms Biggeloe, did you ever meet John Corbett? I refer you to my previous response.
DS Arnott.
As part of our inquiry, we interviewed Corbett's widow, Stephanie.
On the first occasion, she confirmed Corbett's upbringing in Northern Ireland.
Following our interview with DSU Powell, we went back to Mrs Corbett with some specific questions regarding John Corbett's recruitment to Operation Pear Tree.
We managed to convince her to cooperate with our inquiry and reveal hitherto undisclosed evidence.
Following a lawful search of the family home under Mrs Corbett's guidance, we recovered items concealed by her husband.
Among the items was an audio recording of a meeting between John Corbett and Gill Biggeloe which took place in January 2018, a full month before the inception of Operation Pear Tree.
Well, if such a recording exists, it's inadmissible.
That is correct that if acting on official police business, Corbett would have required authorisation from Ripa.
Yeah, well, he wasn't acting on official police business, and I can assure you that my legal team and I will move heaven and Earth so that this particular recording will be heard in court.
Playing recording.
The RUC officer who betrayed your mother, his name's Hastings.
Superintendent Ted Hastings.
He's a Super now.
That's taking the piss.
How do you know all this? From a private investigator who's been looking into Hastings' past.
It's all in the file, chapter and verse.
You read it and then tell me how you feel about my proposal.
I'm in.
Tell me now.
We're setting up an undercover operation to prove he's bent.
To finally bring down the man who had your mother killed.
And it's definitely him, Hastings? Yeah.
Gill Biggeloe sought incriminating material on Superintendent Hastings and then used it to manipulate John Corbett into believing Superintendent Hastings is H.
Why, Gill? It's complicated.
We've got time.
Actually, you don't.
I'm TFC! Guns down.
Stand by! OK.
We need to shut this building down right now.
- Guns down now! - Do as he says.
TFC now.
Received, moving in.
Guns down.
Hands where we can see them.
- Hands above your head.
- Who authorised this? We detected apparent security lapses on entering the building.
The SFC authorised us to deploy firearms.
All your AFOs are being disarmed as a precaution.
This burner phone, it isn't the same burner phone that I've been accused of owning, by any chance, Tina, is it? Tina, the number.
Oh, yeah.
There it is.
You see Gill only ever visited me when she came to AC-12.
That's how you mistook this phone for mine.
TFC, 6-4, any obs on OCG? 6-4, no contact yet, stand by.
Looks like the cavalry's not coming over the hill.
Yeah, the last time Dot Cottan sent that message out, he was busted out in a couple of seconds.
Looks like you're not as valuable as him.
Or as valuable as you thought you were.
As valuable to who exactly? Well, Gill told me that she was a defence solicitor.
You're going to meet a lot of shady types doing that job.
So you get some major piece of work off a serious criminal charge, they put you on a retainer.
But these retainers, they come with strings attached, don't they, Gill? But I suspect that she was enticed by the glamour.
Why frame the gaffer? It's always more palatable to offer up a rotten apple than to uncover institutionalised corruption.
And as AC-12 have been a constant thorn in the side of the OCG, what better rotten apple than their commanding officer, right, Gill? The money in the hotel room, where did that come from? I bet you asked some of your little criminal mates to slip that through to Moffatt, am I right? There's damning DNA evidence against Superintendent Hastings.
Hardly damning, a couple of hair follicles? Come on.
Hang on.
Don't tell me, was that your doing, Gill? Don't worry, Ted, I'll spare your blushes in front of everyone.
Gill used the bathroom of my hotel room.
She must have taken some hairs out of the comb, passed them on to the OCG and they planted them on Corbett's body.
Who killed Corbett? Did you give the order? We all know confessing to conspiracy to murder will make me ineligible for immunity from prosecution.
And the institutionalised complicity between organised crime and corrupt police officers? Have you not been listening, love? There's no such thing.
I'm just one rotten apple.
Well, never mind betraying me, Gill.
Never mind framing me.
What about John Corbett? I mean, you let him believe that he was chasing the truth.
Justice for his mother, for Christ's sake, for Anne-Marie.
But instead he was chasing a lie.
You set it running, then you sat around as you watched the dogs rip it apart.
A tragic, senseless death.
3-7, 6-4, sit rep.
6-4, still no obs.
Received.
Ma'am, it appears we no longer need to defend ourselves against a threat in this building.
I suggest we make arrangements to transport Miss Biggeloe to custody ASAP.
Agreed.
- I'll take care of that, ma'am.
- Thank you, Tina.
Gill Biggeloe, you are under arrest for perverting the course of justice and misconduct in a public office.
Sir, I'd advise you get out the building too.
Yeah.
Thank you, Kate.
I'm afraid I'm going to have to cuff you.
Could be a trek to custody.
You might want to do a loo break now.
Thank you.
Going to have to come with you, I'm sorry.
- 3-7, 6-4.
- 6-4 receiving.
We're sending down DCS Carmichael and the gaffer.
We'll keep Gill Biggeloe up here until we can provide escort.
- 6-4, received.
- Thanks, you two.
I don't know what to say.
You're welcome, sir.
Just doing our job.
It's a damn sight more than that.
I could murder a cuppa.
Ah! Help! Drop it! Alpha Charlie 3-7, request urgent casevac from AC-12 for two persons, one low-velocity GSW, one knife wound.
- Gill, are you all right? - Yeah.
Steve.
Steve, are you all right? I never shot anybody.
Can you confirm, premises now secure? Yes, confirmed.
Do you think she'll talk? She'll want to make a deal.
Too fond of the finer things to do a prison stretch.
The OCG didn't think Gill was worth saving, but someone gave the order to stop her talking.
Who? What is it? Out of the way.
I'll start bagging, respiratory arrest Gone through my solicitor, and she's advised me to cooperate with your inquiry but it all depends if there's definitely immunity from prosecution, and witness protection.
I want to help.
Maybe I could do something to stop others from making the same mistakes.
Immunity from prosecution and witness protection has been agreed.
There is one final gap we need to fill in.
How did you know that John Clayton was an undercover officer, DS John Corbett? I didn't.
Just that he was a rat.
How? The leak about the meeting at the Palisades.
It could have only come from him.
How did that work? John was told the top man wanted to meet at the shopping centre.
We had a meeting point on one of the walkways.
It was nice and public so if anyone spotted us they'd think twice about trying to take us out.
No-one else in the unit knew about the meet except for me and John.
We had one of our blokes working the shopping centre in security.
He said he'd seen the coppers waiting to ambush us.
So we knew for certain the leak had to come from John.
What did Lee Banks reveal to you about John Corbett? Only that there was a rat in the unit.
Hastings told Lee Banks about Corbett, I'm sure of it.
She's lying to cover herself.
She knows if she admits to killing Corbett then she forfeits immunity from prosecution.
What does Banks say? He's still not talking.
Then, without his testimony, you can't prove Hastings blew Corbett's cover.
It's a dead end, Patricia.
Close the case.
- Ma'am, I think if I can just keep - You had a bent officer on your team.
Glass houses.
Which OCG members were involved in the murder of John Corbett? A few of them.
Not me.
They're all dead now.
Who inflicted the fatal knife wound that caused John Corbett to bleed to death? He's dead now too.
Miroslav Minkowicz.
Are there any members of the OCG still at large? Not that I know of.
Where I grew up, it was easy to fall in with the wrong crowd.
My mum, she was off her face on drink and drugs a lot of the time.
The person who made me see that there was another way, to be a useful member of society, was a police officer, PC Simon Bannerjee.
He's the reason why I wanted to become a police officer too.
To help people.
- Sir.
- Sir.
We've been re-examining Dot's dying declaration.
Now, the frame it was frozen on during your interview made me spot something we've all missed.
Look at Dot's left hand.
Watch again.
Right, so his fingers are tapping.
So? Dot was trying to tell us something before he lost consciousness.
He couldn't speak due to the gunshot wound to his chest, but he could move his hand.
Tap, tap, tap-tap.
Tap, tap, tap, tap.
Morse code.
Dot, dot, dot, dot.
The letter H in Morse Code is four dots.
H is not an initial.
It's a clue.
Four Dots.
Four Caddies.
Four police staff in league with organised crime.
Dot.
Hilton.
Gill.
Plus one more.
And they're still out there.
The Deputy Chief Constable and I are pleased to report Operation Pear Tree has completed a thorough investigation into institutionalised complicity between organised criminals and corrupt police officers.
Its robust findings couldn't be clearer, there is no institutionalised corruption in this police force.
This constabulary will work tirelessly to root out rotten apples in its ranks