The ‘Evening Standard’ reports;
“A Westminster council street warden told today how police quizzed him for nearly 12 hours over the alleged theft of two pieces of paper from his work.
John Gilroy said that at the time council bosses called the police, he had been investigating claims of workplace bullying and had blown the whistle over alleged overtime irregularities. He said he was arrested at home in his pyjamas in front of his wife and daughter.
The Unison shop steward admitted taking two “A4 handwritten scribbled notes” relating to a worker’s case from Westminster City Hall. But he said they were not marked confidential and he meant to return them after copying.
Today the Crown Prosecution Service confirmed that after his arrest in October it decided not to pursue theft charges. He is suspended from his job awaiting a gross misconduct hearing.
Mr Gilroy, 45, of Chingford, said: “Two detectives came at about 8.30am and searched my house … room by room. I was put in a cell, fingerprinted and DNA’d. The detectives implied I broke in and stole national secrets.”
Artesian Law, representing him, said: “‘Sledgehammer’ and ‘cracking a nut’ spring to mind.” Mr Gilroy is complaining to the Met’s Directorate of Professional Standards, and the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
The Met said a man aged 45 was held then released on police bail after a report of theft and criminal damage. Westminster council said: “As employment proceedings are under way, it would be inappropriate to comment.”