Operation Tempura boss in trouble over air miles

| 27/09/2010

(CNS): Britain’s most senior anti-terror police officer and the man who had ultimate control over Operation Tempura, the police investigation into alleged corruption in the Cayman Islands, has admitted using air miles amassed during his taxpayer-funded official trips to buy cut-price flights for his family. According to the UK’s Daily Mail, John Yates, Assistant Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, has now been forced to promise to pay back any outstanding tax due on the private trips, which are regarded by HM Revenue & Customs as a benefit in kind. The £180,000-a-year police chief has led a string of high-profile investigations, including the ‘cash for honours’ probe into allegations that life peerages were awarded by the Labour Party in return for secret loans.

Yates is also in charge of the recently reopened investigation into the extent of phone hacking carried out by journalists working for the News of the World. The admission by Yates is deeply embarrassing for both him and Scotland Yard, the Mail reports. The 51-year-old top cop reportedly used travel points accumulated from his luxury trips to reduce the cost of up to ten flights taken by family members. As a senior Metropolitan Police officer he is entitled to travel business class when he goes abroad.

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  1. John Evans says:

    One rule for them……..

    This is the man who blocked my well documented £4800 expenses claim and then let the Met spend around £3000 preventing the resulting civil action from going to court.

    Does anyone now wonder why no one over here trusts the Met?