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Hamish Campbell

source: daily mail The investigative review Operation Grange commenced in May 2011 under the leadership of the then commissioner, Sir Paul Stephenson. A murder team within the Homicide and Serious Crime Command was tasked to conduct the review and is led by Detective Chief Inspector Andy Redwood acting to Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell and Commander Simon Foy.

06 Apr. 2013The Mirror, Police chief Peter Spindler quits Operation Yewtree celebrity sex abuse inquiry for watchdog role: “Scotland Yard commander Peter Spindler has dramatically quit in the middle of the high-profile investigation into Jimmy Savile and other celebrities, the Sunday People reports. The decision has surprised insiders who expected Spindler to see Operation Yewtree through to the finish. He had overseen a string of high-profile arrests, including Freddie Starr, 70, Jim Davidson, 59, and Max Clifford, 70. But last week Spindler began a two-year secondment to the police watchdog Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, the investigative website Exaro and the Sunday People have learned. Det Chief Supt Hamish Campbell, who led the Jill Dando murder inquiry, has temporarily been put in charge of Yewtree. Spindler, a politics graduate from Warwick university, was the public face of the Met’s investigation into Savile and famously said that the ­disgraced BBC presenter had “groomed the nation”. The Met’s report into Savile, who died in 2011 aged 84, revealed more than 200 criminal offences, including 34 rapes. But Spindler has faced criticism over the strategy of arresting people – 12 so far, including celebrities – when in some cases there ­appears to be insufficient ­evidence to bring charges. Spindler also had ­responsibility for Operations Fernbridge and Fairbank, investigating ­other high-profile figures allegedly linked to child abuse. A Met spokeswoman confirmed his departure, telling Exaro: “He has just decided to take up this new post,” adding, “That was his desire.”

22 Jan. 2014DailyMail, Caribbean island gun police kill one civilian EVERY day: Calls for inquiry into claims of alleged 'death squads' on Jamaica: “A former Scotland Yard murder squad chief is already conducting an independent investigation into dozens of fatal police shootings in Jamaica – more than half of which are said to be suspicious. Ex Detective Chief Superintendent Hamish Campbell moved there six months ago, shortly after retiring from the Metropolitan Police. He describes the number of police killings on the island as ‘just incredible’. In response to claims of death squads in the Jamaica Constabulary Force he told the Mail there was a widespread belief that the police were killing people because they knew they wouldn’t get them into court….”

03 Feb. 2014, The Blacksmith Bureau →Manager Redwood, The Chosen One? “Why? Firstly, his appointment: you don't give a once-in-a-lifetime investigative review affecting the Yard's credibility to a nonentity but to someone with a track record. Secondly his performance: he effortlessly outshone Mr Campbell, his supposed superior, until the latter retired and began a well paid but doomed job in Jamaica, leaving Redwood apparently without a direct operational superior. Bad luck Hamish. Within a month of Campbell's departure the visits of the CPS to Portugal were announced followed by the transformation of the review into a full investigation and an increased budget. All talk from the head of the Yard about the need for the Grange squad “to justify itself” has ceased. In other words Redwood is in charge of his own strategy, complete with almost unprecedented freedom to manage the media his way. There has been not the slightest sign of unease in the home office or the Yard at the extraordinary Mirror/Mail led pseudo-leaks, his emasculation of BBC criticism and virtual takeover of Crimewatch and his apparent acceptance of the risks of such a forward policy, including the risk that his absence of reaction to the Mirror/Mail games might make the Yard look foolish. Mr Redwood has clearly convinced anyone who matters that his high-profile policy is going to bring results, not relegation, and that his absence of comment on the possible leaks is part of a plan….”