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The Met sued for £3 million by gang prevention worker

PICTURED: Gwent Sloley (Photo credit: Twitter)

THE MET is carrying out an investigation into its own handling of a raid on a Home Office adviser who is now demanding more than £3 million in compensation, South London Press & Mercury reports.

Gwenton Sloley’s home in Lewisham was raided on October 4 as the police were looking for Myles Prospere who was found at another address and pleaded guilty to possession of class-A drugs and an offensive weapon.

Prospere had been a previous occupant of Mr. Slolely’s house, five years ago. Drugs and a weapon were found in raids on four other properties, but not in Mr. Sloley’s home.

The police’s Directorate of Professional Standards is currently carrying out a probe into the handling of it, and Mr Sloley claims he has been “blacklisted” due to their own investigation being carried out, which is limiting his ability to help continue his gang prevention work.

As a result, he’s suing the Met for £3 million for defamation of character and £140,000 for loss of earnings after different police forces, NHS trusts and councils were told about the raid on his home.

“I have been offered a payout but I have been virtually unemployed for three months,” said Mr. Sloley. “The whole thing is just an embarrassment and very sad. I was never arrested or charged.

He added: “The same officers who raided my home are the ones I had been working with every day for six years at Catford police station – and continued to work with afterwards, until I complained to my line manager about what was happening. I have never seen so many mistakes – it is too many.”

Mr. Sloley has also been to counselling to deal with the emotional distress of the recent events. “I’ve worked with the police for over a decade and if they could use such tactics against me, are we surprised young people and the community at large are afraid to turn to the police for help?”

A spokesperson from the Met police said: “A complaint in relation to damage of reputation and character was received on Tuesday, October 30 and the Directorate of Professional Standards (DPS) is investigating. As with any investigation, complainants are kept up to date on progress.”

GOOD WORK

Mr Sloley is the founder of the Crying Sons consultancy, which was established to “answer the cry of boys and men caught up in the vicious cycle of gangs and serious violence.” Since launching the multi-faith group, Lewisham’s former Mayor Sir Steve Bullock awarded him a certificate for the organisation’s hard work in the borough to tackle gang violence, and he has even been praised by the Home Office for saving it millions of pounds with his crime prevention work.

Crying Sons trains government officers, police, NHS workers, faith groups and councils on how to spot and engage with youngsters on the verge of entering gang life. He also helped set up the London Gang Exit programme.

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