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Cleopatra of the Met

Cressida Dick is in many ways an effective Met Commissioner. Despite the chaos of Saturday night, replacing her would not solve anything

By Andrew Adonis  

Photo: PA Images / Alamy Stock Photo

In search of interesting lockdown walks within the statutorily permitted sphere, I found myself recently in the huge Kensal Green cemetery in north London. My eye caught a Victorian memorial which looked like a smaller but still striking imitation of Cleopatra’s needle. It was the tomb of “Sir Richard Mayne, second Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police.”

I had never heard of Sir Richard Mayne—have you? When I googled him I was amazed to read that he was Met Commissioner for—wait for it—39 years, serving under 14 Home Secretaries. And no cipher either. Taking over from Sir Charles Rowan,…

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