Robbins’s response is now being examined by the Advertiser’s lawyers and the newspaper has 28 days to ask the Independent Police Complaints Commission to investigate the matter.
I sincerely hope the publisher, Local World, decides to do so. It is, quite simply, unacceptable for the Met to treat a journalist like this. I am beginning to wonder whether the Met is becoming a law unto itself. Witness its use of the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act to access reporters’ communications data. Witness its over-use of police bail against journalists. Witness its policy of unhelpfulness towards crime reporters.
Surely, and I use the word advisedly, the Met is now best described as a rogue force.