Lord Brittan widow accepts apology from Met chief

Posted On: 
17th February 2016

Lord Brittan's widow has accepted a “full apology” from the Metropolitan Police over the handling of an abuse investigation into her late husband.

Met chief Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe made the apology during a private meeting with Lady Brittan yesterday.

The Conservative peer passed away in January last year without having been told the Met's investigation into claims of rape against him had been dropped.

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Speaking to LBC radio yesterday, Sir Bernard revealed he had said sorry for not telling Lady Brittan “at an early stage” that the late peer would not be prosecuted.

He added: “There was no chance of successful prosecution.”

In a statement, the family of Lord Brittan confirmed the apology had been accepted.

“At the start of the meeting Sir Bernard offered Lady Brittan a full apology on behalf of the force, which she accepted,” it read.

“Lady Brittan went on to ask and table some 30 questions regarding the two police enquiries as they related to Lord Brittan. Sir Bernard promised to answer them in writing.”