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Evidence of a possible cover-up within the Met police. A document


obtained by the BBC suggests records of a link between an allegedly


corrupt officer and another murder investigation. Tonight, we ask if


this is a new low for the force. Was this the inventor of Bitcoin?


REPORTER: Why did you quit Bitcoin, Sir? No questions right now. He


claims he had nothing to do with the cryptocurrency. So why are some


still convinced he was behind it? And, a porn business aimed at women.


The burgeoning new industry that comes from Japan.


Good evening. The BBC has seen evidence of a possible cover-up


within The Met Police concerning an allegedly corrupt officer linked to


the murder case of Stephen Lawrence. Well, today the Met Commissioner


insisted he could restore trust in the force, but this evening,


documents have emerged suggesting claims the Met police force made


just last month could be wrong. Jim Reed has been following the


developments. There have been other dramatic days


in the 21 years since Stephen Lawrence was murdered. For The Met


Police though, the last 48-hours have been some of the most difficult


in its recent history. This is an awful outcome, a terrible


day yesterday where obviously the results of Mark Ellison QC's


inquiry's told us some pretty awful things about the past. So what I've


got to do obviously is to make sure people are trusting the Met met, the


Met of today and the Met of the future. I feel for the family, I saw


yesterday they tried to talk about it. Long ago, historic in the past.


The Met Police commissioner might like to see this as a problem not of


his making. The confirmation of his force, the SC squad tried to -- SCS


squad tried to spy on the Lawrence family. He's simply deflected or


sought to deflect the criticism that's been laid fairly and squarely


at his feet elsewhere. It smacks of somebody not trying to go forward


but looking back and simply looking at it from an emotional point of


view. And tonight, there are new allegations of a possible police


cover-up concerning an allegedly corrupt officer limped to the


Lawrence investigation. -- linked. There are three major questions as


things stand, that still loom large for the Met. First up, who knew


what? Former SDS officers used to gather here at a safe house on this


quiet residential street in North London in. 1993, the year that


Stephen Lawrence was killed, it's claimed Britain's top police officer


calm to play them a visit. The then Commissioner of The Met row poll tan


police, Commissioner Condon, is said to have handed over a bottle of


whisky as a thank you for all their hard work. One former SDS member


said senior officers at the Met were well aware of the unit's general


role. I personally had Lord Condon came


out to visit us. He's denied meeting me, but his diary probably documents


it. I asked, is this a special event, the Commissioner coming out


and I was informed, no, every single Met Commissioner has met the SDS


since its formation, so surely every single commissioner bares some


responsibility for this unit that was there. So it's impossible that


senior management didn't know what was going on? If they are going to


call me a liar, that's the only definite scenario, but no.


In a statement today, Lord Condon denied he ever knew about any action


by undercover officers in connection to the Lawrence case. Had he done,


he claims he would have stopped the action immediately. The next


question - did the actions of undercover officers undermine the


first public inquiry into the Lawrence case led by Sir William


Macpherson? Today, this man, the Head of Scotland Yard's Counter


Terrorism Command, was temporarily moved from his post. The Ellison


Review, publish yesterday, said Richard Walton was part of the


police team involved in drafting the final written submissions to the


Macpherson Inquiry. Ahead of that, he met up with a police spy in the


Lawrence camp, known as N81, calling it a fascinating and valuable ex


change. His account was found to be less than straightforward to


establish and somewhat troubling. Finally, what of separate


allegations of police corruption? The claim this man, Detective


Sergeant John Davidson, was being paid off by the father of one


Stephen Lawrence's murderers. The BBC's seen evidence tonight that


Davidson was named in another case involving possible police


corruption, the murder of private investigator Daniel Morgan. Last


month, Scotland Yard were saying it had no record of his involvement in


that investigation. What we need to be reassured about


is that the culture of policing is fundamentally honest. This sort of


misconduct and scandal, it cannot take place today and if it does, it


will be revealed, it will be exposed. I think that's what the


public need to be reassured about, that things really have changed.


The Lawrence case might be historic. It might be 21 years old. But it


will take more than words from The Met Police to convince its critics


all its problems really are in the past.


That was Jim Reed and Lord Paddick, the former deputy asssistant


Commissioner of The Met joins me now from York. Lord Paddick, good


evening. Let's start with what we have learned then. Evidence that Mr


Davidson was named nine times in those documents about another murder


investigation when the Met said it had no record of that last month.


How do you respond to that? Well, I don't know. Your report says


that Davidson may have possibly been involved. That's slightly weaker


than he was definitely involved. I don't know what documents you've


seen, I don't know what documents the Met base their response on, but


clearly it doesn't look very good. What we've seen is the documents


that names him and those are documents that the Met said just


last month they had no record of him being linked to at all.


Well, as you say, I don't know on what basis the Met made that


statement. I don't know what evidence they had that made them say


that, compared with the evidence that you now have in your


possession. It's a very unfair question for me to say, what the


Met's motivation was, because I don't know what evidence they had at


that time. Sure. Let's look at Mr Hogan Howe who, as we heard in that


report, has been talking about the past and talking about these


thingses happening a long time ago. Would you feel confident that this


is all history or would you worry that this was still ongoing?


What I would be confident of is, if you are a member of the public and


you are a victim of crime or you dial 999, you can trust 99.9% of the


police officers who might turn up when you call for help, not just in


London, but across the country. The overwhelming majority of police


officers are decent, hard-working people who are trying to do the best


for them. They will be in despair at the revelations that we have seen


over the last couple of days. So when you say despair, do you think


we are making too much of the stories that are emerging in these


days of alleged police corruption? Clearly any police corruption is


going to affect how the public view the whole of the Police Service.


What I'm saying is, we need to get these things into perspective.


There's a world of difference between the special demonstrations


squad who never believe that they would have to reveal their real


identity to anybody, therefore they felt they could do whatever they


wanted to and they would never be held publicly to account. There is a


world of difference between that and undercover officers who're working


against terrorists and other people involved in organised crime who're


saving people's lives because of the work they are dog and putting their


own lives on the line -- the work they are doing. Ordinary officers


who perform duty every day to try and keep us safe. We have got to get


things into perspective. Clearly, if you have got a senior officer at


Scotland Yard in charge of Counter-Terrorism who Ellison says


he has his doubts about, then clearly the commissioner's done the


right thing in temporarily moving that officer away from such a very


sensitive position. And do you think that the public can


still have confidence that Bernard Hogan Howe is the right person to


lead the Met given that the day after he called it the worst


revelation, the worst day of his life, worse revelations have come


out? Well, your report talks about possible links may have been between


the officer of DS Davidson involved in the Lawrence case and him being


in some way involved possibly in the Morgan case. Now, that to me at the


moment doesn't sound very strong. If it turns out that the Met has misled


the public over something in recent days under Bernard Hogan Howe's


watch, then clearly that is a far more serious issue. In that case we


need to find out what did he know? Did he allow the Met to mislead the


public if that's what's happened. If that was the case, that would be


fatal for him. Thank you very much indeed.


There've probably been better starts to a spring can everyones than this


one. In the early hours the Liberal Democrats were beaten into last


place at a council by election by their Bus Pass Elvis party whose key


pledge is to legalise brothels with a discount for OAPs. Caught in a


trap? We are not going to dwell on one result in Clifton North


Nottingham. The party has suffered consistency


in the polls. The Lib Dems will set out an in or out choice on Europe


for as they take on UKIP. We'll talk to Tim Farron in a moment after a


reminder of how they are faring. We thought we'd give the Liberal


Democrats a health check. Since June 2010, the percentage of people


intending to vote Lib Dem has fallen from 21 to 9%. The Tory vote 29 to


34% while Labour's risen from 32 to 38%. UKIP has had a big leap from


22010%. Voters don't seem that happy with


Nick Clegg. He scores the lowest on satisfaction ratings as party leader


with just 25% compared with 31% for both Ed Miliband and Nigel Farage


and 37% for David Cameron. Nick Clegg's diminished stature has


been reflected in the numbers willing to pay to join. Party


membership's fallen from 65,000 in 2010 to 43,000, although they had a


slight increase last year. That's not just a Lib Dem problem though.


Labour membership fell from 193,000 to 188,000, Tory from 177,000 to


134,000, only UKIP were the big winners with a rise from 15,000 to


32,000. Partly as a result of this, the


party's finances are somewhat underweight. The Lib Dems spent ?6.4


million but the income was just ?6.2 million, leaving them badly


out-of-pocket. What ideas of the party's brains come up with for the


2015 manifesto? Among the front runners with a mansion tax on homes


worth over ?2 million, a raid on pensions limiting tax free savings


to ?1 million and an increase in the personal tax allowance to an


expected ?10,500 or more. Will this be enough to ensure Nick Clegg is


fit for the fight? We'll see. We are going to be talking to Tim


Farron, the Lib Dem President in a moment, but first, let's bring you


our next report. Pornography, let's be frank, belongs more often to a


man's world. In Japan, the industry's moving in the opposite


direction. They are increasingly directly make porn films aimed at a


female audience with male porn stars treated like rock stars. Here is


Rupert Wingfield-Hayes. In Tokyo, empty apartments double as


film sets. Young people aspire to be film stars. This vast city is now


the porn capital of the world. This woman is one of thousands of young


Japanese women who every year flock to join its ranks.


As many as 20,000 adult movies are made in Tokyo every year.


Traditionally, Japanese porn has had its fair share of the extreme and


the bizarre. But this new generation, film makers is aiming at


a new market. Women. Ellie is 30 and went to film school. She says


women's appetite for porn is being driven by frustration with men.


Shoko and her co star film all morning.


Women viewers are increasingly seen as a vast untapped market. One


recent survey suggests one in five Japanese women regularly watch porn.


They want to see sex, but also I want thatcy.


-- intimacy. Another big change is the promotion of male stars. The


real star of this shoot is Itetsu. It's him the female viewers want to


see and it's him the photographer lingers on. This 35-year-old is the


first male porn actor in Europe Japan to become a really big star.


Ultimately, this isn't just about changing tastes. All over the world,


people are watching porn for free on the Internet, the old business model


is broken. Anni has been a porn actress for


three years. She says it's getting harder and harder for anyone to make


money. Many people watch porn for free, so actresses have to work


harder. They have to shoot longer so it's very, very hard. The fee is


getting less. It's a completely different thing to 20 years ago.


Right now, Anni is a big star. Her videos sell thousands of copies.


She's constantly on the road promoting her films. She's opening


up new markets in China where she has a million followers on its


version of Twitter. Even in China, 40% of her fans are women.


Many, many promoting events all the time and they need to keep the


relationship with the fans. We have to have this blog, Twitter and


everything. I think they are looking for another way to sell the videos


these days. For Ittetsu, that means doing a lot of this.


Building the brand. For Japan's biggest male porn star, taking your


clothes off in front of the fans' cameras is a big part of the job


too. It's called "added value" but the


goal is just the same, to get the fans to part with their money.


The industry's betting with up with are much more willing to pay for


porn than men. These fans are lining up to meet four of their favourite


male stars. They are paying for a 30-second chat, hand shake and


signed DVD and it really is 30-seconds.


Ten years ago, this scene would have been unthinkable. But Japanese women


appear more open than ever about exploring their sexual fantasies.


I think the future is in females because more and more women are more


confident to talk about intimate life and they are more curious. I


think the future is women. If the porn industry has a future,


then it has to find customers who're willing to pay for its products.


That used to be men alone in their bedrooms. But in Tokyo, it looks


like the future of porn will be increasingly female.


Now, Tim Farron has just popped up from the Lib Dems Spring Conference.


I'm not going to ask you about Japanese porn, you will be relieved


to hear. I know tomorrow you kick off with a shuningt of an in-out


referendum on Europe in the May elections? Yes, the European


elections are on May 22nd and offer people a genuine choice. Politics is


stage and managerial and who you vote for can often be very blurred


on messages. Two parties have a clear message - if you want to leave


the European Union, risk those three million jobs and peace and security


and our ability to catch criminals across borders, you should vote


UKIP, they are the clear party. If you think Britain's future is best


within the European Union, fighting for those jobs and for the recovery


of our economy with it, alongside our neighbours in Europe, then you


vote Liberal Democrat. Labour or Tory, that would be a wasted vote.


I'm thinking that ten years ago, your ambition was to Jeffers take


the Tories, now it seems you are battling with UKIP, that's a bit of


a comedown -- was to -- overtake the Tories. It's very right that Nick


Clegg's decided to put the challenge down to Nigel Farage which he has


accepted and I will say that so far as I am concerned, UKIP's position


is utterly wrong and against Britain's interests but it's at


least clear and you know what you are getting if you vote for them and


also Liberal Democrat, are you in or are you out. That's the choice


people need to make in May. You said it doesn't matter where you come in


the elections. One pollster could see you losing all 12 seats. Would


you say that didn't matter? Of course it does. It matters that we


do as well as we possibly can and for the future of Britain's


relationship with our friends and neighbours in Europe with the


protection of the three million jobs and our ability to catch criminals


and for sustaining peace and security within our continent, it's


really important to stay in the European Union. What is the message


that would come out of the European elections on 22nd May. If UKIP have


done well, the message will be to businesses in this country and


outside, you'd better leave Britain. There is no future because you are


no longer going to be part of that important market. If the Liberal


Democrats do well in May, the message will be the opposite. I want


to look further afield because the Liberal Democrats have had a rocky


few months. The Lord Rennard scandal, was that badly handled? If


he turned up in York, would he be welcome? I don't think it's been


badly handled in the last few months. It was badly handled over


the last decade. The reality is that I think the party in not dealing


with the issue years ago when it appeared to a few people did not do


a service either to Lord Rennard or to the people who complained. Since


it's come to our attention broadly a year ago, it's clear that we have


dealt with it during. Would he be welcome if he turned up there today?


He's not a party member at the moment, his membership is currently


suspended as the investigation continues.


How did the Tories handle the Patrick Rock allegations? Do you


think their fared better? I mean, I think these are all grubby things


for us to comment on as media stories. The fact is, the issue has


been a far more serious one and more appalling one and it's important


that those things that are potentially involved there and all


these things are important to be underlined by saying people are


innocent unless proven proven guilty that, it's wrong for us to be trying


to score any political points one way or another, just as I thought it


was grubby ov the Harriet Harman situation a few weeks ago. You use


the word "grubby" and one of the problems I guess the Liberal


Democrats have with the voters is the whole manifesto question that


whatever you say after the tuition fees looks like an empty pledge.


Does that mean there'll be nothing really in your manifesto going


forward or that you have to make sure you stuck to your promises? I


do accept that the fees issue's always about trust because a new


policy is far better than the Labour one it replaced in terms of being


fairer to students from better off backgrounds. This whole issue of


trust is important. But let's not overdo it. We got 9% of the seats in


Parliament, 23% of the votes in the election and got 65% of our


manifesto promises such as the tax cut for 24 million lowest paid


people in this country. If a party with 9% of the MPs and 23% of the


the vote had got 1010% of the manifesto through which is what you


are suggesting we should have done, that would be a matter for the


United Nations, a travel else the I of democracy. We got two thirds of


what we promised the electorate done, despite less than a quarter


voting for us. Tim Farron, thank you very much indeed. Despite our best


efforts, for a second night we are unable to speak to the journalist


who broke the Bitcoin story. The Sochi Paralympics opening ceremony


was full of the usual pomp but it may be remembered for who didn't


turn up. Prince Edward pulled out. The British Government refused the


invitation and, when the countries paraded their flags around the


arena, the Ukrainian Paralympic team chose to sit it out, leaving the


flag bearer on his own. The team said they want to compete to remind


the world what is happening in their country under the presence of


Russian troops. Earlier, I spoke to Bogdana Matsotska, an Al pyre


Skinner who boycotted the games on Friday 21th February after 30


protesters were shot dead in Kiev. -- Alpine skier. Tell us why you


chose to pull out of the Olympics, Bogdana Matsotska? I'm training a


lot, four years for this Paralympics and it was a really hard decision


for me and my dad because he's my coach. But after we saw just on TV


and received the messages what's going on in Ukraine and then we have


all out war, it was so... The feelings were that we could not do


it another way. It was the right decision at that moment I think. I


feel the thing that I did, we did, was the right decision. What was the


reaction from your team-mates, the rest of the Ukraine team when you


told them? They were surprised actually, like "oh, what, come on,


we are competing and training a lot and you just want to recognise all


your job what you have done before", but, you know, everybody have their


own minds and I cannot tell them to do something and they cannot tell me


what I need to do. Did it have the ever fact you were


hoping it would have? I was surprised when the newspapers or the


channels started to call on me and to offer me. I was just thinking


that, you know, I'm... I cannot do things another way. When it started


all around the world, it was the chance to tell the all of the world


what is going on in Ukraine. Do you think the Ukrainian team should be


at the Paralympics now? Come on, guys. Now the Crimea, they


want to take Crimea to part of Ukraine and they just put the


soldiers in my country and after this you want to compete in this


country, it's insane, but they have their own minds. I cannot tell them.


Have you said that to them? Have you made those views felt? No. No. They


have on the shoulder there, so they can do what they want and what they


think is right. What did you make of the ceremony


today when the Ukrainian flag carrier was the only one


representing Ukraine? From one side I'm really happy that


the people understand and it's also the message to all the world because


we need help, you know, Russia is big country and now it's difficult


situation. I don't know, I have lots of feeling, I cannot explain it all,


you know, it's really hard to tell it, but I hope that all this things


what's going on now just end and finally we'll get a new government


with the Ukrainian Ukraine, you know. Bogdana Matsotska speaking to


me earlier from Ukraine and sadly, that's all we have time for, but


from all of us here, good night, have a good weekend.


Hello. It's going to be a grey start to


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