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2 July 1998 Edition

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£6m spent to slur Stalker inquiry

The British Commons home affairs committee was told on Tuesday that the Greater Manchester police force spent £6 million defending a charge of malicious prosecution by businessman Kevin Taylor.

Taylor claimed he had been charged with fraud in an attempt to discredit his friend John Stalker, the Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester, who was in the process of investigating the RUC's `shoot to kill' policy. The Stalker inquiry collapsed after Stalker was suspended in 1986 accused of ``associating with known criminals''. The police dropped all charges and agreed to an out of court settlement with Taylor believed to be over £1 million in 1995 after claims that police fabricated evidence.
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