A police base at the centre of the Met's biggest corruption scandal has gone on sale

Flying Sqaud officers were based in Walthamstow from the 1970's

Flying Sqaud officers were based in Walthamstow from the 1970's

First published in News East London and West Essex Guardian Series: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

The office building at the centre of one of the Metropolitan Police’s biggest scandals has gone on the market.

From the early 1970’s an industrial unit in Rigg Approach on the Argyll Estate, Leyton was used by the Flying Squad.

Nicknamed The Sweeney the group of officers involved handled serious criminal investigations in the capital.

However some were suspected of siphoning off cash recovered from criminals. In 1998 the unit was raided, sparking one of the longest and most expensive police corruption cases in British criminal history.

It followed three years of investigations into the activities of the Flying Squad by an elite team of officers selected to run corruption out of the Met.

A total of five former Rigg Approach officers were jailed, two of which promised to give evidence against four others.

However their trial collapsed in 2003 when one of the informants was deemed ‘unfit’ to give evidence.

The Flying Squad’s home has now gone on sale as a part of the Met’s Estates Strategy.

Stella Creasy MP told residents in her weekly newsletter that the sale would not affect local policing.

She said: “The police state that although these are MPS premises, they are used by a central department as opposed to local police.

“Therefore they state that this will have no impact on Waltham Forest Police in terms of access to buildings or resources and so police services to the borough will be unaffected.”

Freehold’s in the area sell for around £1,800,000.

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1:39pm Tue 10 Jun 14

Villagecranberry says...

Yes one of my favourite programmes the Sweeney which the Police named after the programmes as their behaviour mimicked the antics of John Thaw and Minder. 'Nick him, Terry he would say and get me a large gold watch'. Although at times this was misinterpreted to rhyme with a large whisky mac.

Rigg Approach I think had rhyming slang to cockroach as the police would get in all the nooks and crannies to wheedle out all the crooks, vagabonds, incorrigible rogues, drug dealing vermin, beggars, parasitic bogus charity collectors, turncoats, cashpoint hoggers and other undesirables who make walking down Walthamstow High Street a very unpleasant experience these days.
Yes one of my favourite programmes the Sweeney which the Police named after the programmes as their behaviour mimicked the antics of John Thaw and Minder. 'Nick him, Terry he would say and get me a large gold watch'. Although at times this was misinterpreted to rhyme with a large whisky mac. Rigg Approach I think had rhyming slang to cockroach as the police would get in all the nooks and crannies to wheedle out all the crooks, vagabonds, incorrigible rogues, drug dealing vermin, beggars, parasitic bogus charity collectors, turncoats, cashpoint hoggers and other undesirables who make walking down Walthamstow High Street a very unpleasant experience these days. Villagecranberry
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