Thursday, October 2, 2008

Sir Ian Blair to quit Scotland Yard

By Richard Edwards, Crime Correspondent Last Updated: 3:33PM BST 02 Oct 2008

Sir Ian Blair will quit as Britain's top policeman today. The Scotland Yard chief, who has been dogged by a series of controversies, will announce his departure this afternoon.
Despite intense scrutiny and renewed calls for him to resign in the past few months, the timing of his resignation has come as a shock to Scotland Yard colleagues and thrown the leadership of British policing into crisis.
The Daily Telegraph understands that Sir Ian was facing possible suspension from office over an investigation into the awarding of £3 million worth of lucrative Met police contracts to a friend and skiing companion.
It is believed that Boris Johnson, the London Mayor, was considering a vote of no confidence in Sir Ian, forcing the Home Secretary into a decision about his future.

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