One of the most significant police anti-corruption cases in modern times has collapsed, after two former detectives, who had both served lengthy jail sentences, were cleared at a retrial.
Robert Clark and Christopher Drury were drummed out of the force in disgrace after being convicted in 2000 of robbing drug dealers and recycling the narcotics.
Their convictions were among the highest profile and most significant obtained by Scotland Yard in its long-running battle against corruption.
They walked free after a supergrass witness recanted her evidence, leaving Scotland Yard facing a potential bill for the former officers’ back wages and compensation running into hundreds of thousands of pounds.
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