The Moment A Bank Robber Called Met Police Chief On LBC
Wednesday 16th April 2014
This is the remarkable moment that a former bank robber called the most senior police officer in Britain to complain about how he is treated by officers.
Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, the Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police, was in the LBC studio when Nick Ferrari took a call from Mick in the Isle of Dogs.
Mick said that he had discussed his criminal past on LBC before - and admittedhe had used guns to rob banks in the past.
Mick told the Commissioner: "I'm an old thief, old villain, whatever you want to call me, straight for 20 years. But when I moved up north, the attitude of the police up north is totally different to the Met.
"I got pulled a couple of times up there because of the work I was involved in. They were friendly.
"In London, I was driving along with a fella. He got stopped. As soon as they CRO-ed me [Criminal Records Office check], they heard 'extremely violent', 'known to use firearms' etc etc and everything changed."
Sir Bernard responded: "I understand what you're saying Mick. It's difficult to draw conclusions from one or two experiences. My experience in working in both the north and the south is that broadly officers try to be similarly in both areas.
"There's no doubt that if you get information that somebody's got previous convictions, it modifies your attitude, you're most suspicious to be honest.
"Even then though, I would expect people, whether they've got a criminal background or not, that they are treated reasonably and professionally. It can put them on guard.