A cop investigates the police
It fell to department a10 and assistant commissioner kelland to investigate drury and company
Deputy Assistant Commissioner Gillbert Kelland, the head of A10, the Metropolitan Police’s internal corruption unit, gave his impressions on the bent cops he investigated in an April 1975 report.
On ex- superintendent ‘ Wicked’ Bill Moody:
“Moody was interviewed in June 1974, and he adamantly denied receiving money from either Silver or Humphreys... As a result of arrangements made by him, his daughter honeymooned in July 1971 free of charge in an apartment in Malta owned by a convicted pornographer… there are many enquiries yet to be made concerning Moody’s relationships with other pornographers, particularly with John Mason.”
On ex- commander Ken Drury:
“According to Humphreys, at a very early stage in their association he gave Drury £ 50, and the reason is best explained in his own words: ‘ It was the custom in the West End. It was a token of friendship of a form. I wanted him as a friend in case he could help me. In the West End you could get involved. He was the head of the Flying Squad and could be a useful friend.’ Later in this statement when questioned as to why he decided to pay Drury £ 100 a week he said, ‘ He was a useful friend and it kept the Flying Squad away from the porn business.’... An enquiry is currently being conducted by A10 officers on behalf of the Director of Public Prosecutions respecting allegations that Drury had a half share in a £ 2,000 reward he paid to a man who gave information leading to the arrest of persons for the murder of a sub- postmaster.” ( The reward refers to what Drury skimmed from 1969’ s Luton Post Office Murder, for which he would never face prosecution in the end).
On ex- commander Wally Virgo:
“In October 1974 he suffered a severe heart attack, is still convalescing, and has declined to be interviewed. He has sent a formal letter in which he absolutely denies receiving any money or gifts from Humphreys. According to Humphreys they first met in 1969...” ( Humphreys had claimed that he had met Virgo on ‘ Buffalo Lodge Ladies nights’ at the Criterion restaurant in Piccadilly Circus and that Virgo had introduced him to Moody).
On Bernie Silver:
“Although he describes himself as a property dealer he was a notorious West End ponce who specialised in flat farming, and who, according to Humphreys, was in partnership with him in his pornographic enterprises. He is now serving a sentence of six years’ imprisonment for conspiracy to live on the earnings of prostitution. He has lodged notice of appeal and is still awaiting trial for murder and conspiracy to murder” ( the 1956 gangland slaying of Tommy Smithson).