Did Met Police halt New Cross fire investigation ?


The BBC have reported that a convicted double killer had confessed to scores crimes including 12 murders which, it is claimed.

Michael Smithyman was given two life sentences for the violent murders carried out in Kent in January 1990. Smithyman told detectives in 1991 he saw people trapped in the flames, and it had been started by a criminal associate who petrol bombed the house as a reprisal for being refused entry. The Metropolitan Police said “extensive investigations” were carried out into the New Cross fire claims. However, the BBC discovered the team of detectives investigating all of Smithyman’s confessions were abruptly ordered to halt their inquiries.
The BBC’s source said the investigating officer later told him that “his career was in jeopardy unless he did exactly what he was told.”

On 18 January 1981, a blaze at a house in New Cross, South East London killed 13 young people; one survivor committed suicide two years later. Nobody has ever been charged in connection to the fire, which forensic science subsequently established was started from inside the house, either by accident or deliberately. No-one has ever been convicted over the blaze.

On 2 March the Action Committee organised a “Black People’s Day of Action”, when 20,000 people marched over a period of eight hours from Fordham Park to Hyde Park carrying placards including: “Thirteen Dead and Nothing Said”, “No Police Cover-Up” and “Blood Ah Go Run If Justice No Come”. One slogan read: “Dame Jill Knight Set The Fire Alight!” — an apparent reference to a controversial speech by Dame Jill Knight a right-wing member of the Conservative party, which was widely interpreted as condoning or even encouraging “direct action” against noisy parties

Read the full BBC report HERE

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