'Sheriff of Soho' corrupt police officer guilty of taking bribes of call girls and holidays from West End clubs

12 July 2023, 22:27

Frank Partridge
Frank Partridge. Picture: Met Police/Alamy

By Kit Heren

A corrupt police officer dubbed 'the Sheriff of Soho' has been found guilty of accepting bribes in exchange for favourable treatment from West End clubs.

Listen to this article

Loading audio...

Former Sergeant Frank Partridge, 50, who worked as a licensing officer in Westminster in central London, was convicted of bribery following a three-month trial at Southwark Crown Court.

Jurors found he accepted a £7,000 luxury family holiday to Morocco, tickets to exclusive events and renovation of his own home while working in the Westminster Licensing Unit between 2013 and 2015. He also accepted escort services.

Partridge was cleared of a further count of bribery and admitted others at an earlier stage.

His job was to consult with Westminster Council about licensing applications and supervise licensed premises to make sure they were following the rules.

Read more: Boy, 15, denies stabbing teacher at Tewkesbury school

Read more: Olivia Pratt-Korbel's killer Thomas Cashman loses appeal to reduce murder sentence

Frank Partridge
Frank Partridge. Picture: Met Police

But instead he formed an "unprofessional and inappropriately close" relationship with people linked to West End nightclubs and security firms, including Cirque le Soir nightclub owner Ryan Bishti.

Bishti, 43, Anna Ginandes, 46, Terry Neil, 56, and a man who cannot be named for legal reasons were found guilty of one count each of bribery.

Neil and Ginandes were also found not guilty of one count of bribery each.

Soraya Henderson and Eamonn Mulholland were cleared of all wrongdoing. All guilty verdicts were unanimous.

Commander James Harman of the Met said: ”This has been a complex and long-running investigation that began in 2013 and has involved the painstaking examination of thousands of files on 178 digital devices plus huge volumes of paper records to piece the case together. I commend the diligent work of colleagues in our Anti-Corruption and Abuse Command."

Ryan Bishti
Ryan Bishti. Picture: Met Police
Anna Ginandes
Anna Ginandes. Picture: Met Police
Neil Terry
Neil Terry. Picture: Met Police

Commander Harman added: “But he developed unprofessional and inappropriately close relationships with people who owned, ran or were linked to those premises as well as with firms providing security to the venues."

He said that the Met runs licensing units differently now to when Partridge was operating.

"Once we identified Partridge’s activities, we acted quickly to introduce measures to ensure no one officer can abuse their position of power in the way he did," Commander Harman said.

“This case is a clear example of the robust approach we take to corruption. Where a crime has been committed we will investigate and bring it before the courts, dealing not just with our own, but also with those who seek to influence and corrupt our officers and staff."

Partridge will be sentenced on Tuesday, while his co-defendants who were convicted will be sentenced on September 21.

More Latest News

See more More Latest News

Passengers told 'do not travel' amid train delays and cancellations after 'major signalling fault' strikes the South East

Train passengers told to expect severe delays and cancellations after 'major signalling fault' strikes the South East

Antonio Guterres

UN secretary general warns world is becoming ‘less safe by the day’

Dinal killed himself after he was blackmailed on social media

Private school pupil, 16, killed himself after nude photo blackmail by 'scammer from Nigeria'

Police have been searching a rural property near Bungonia

Divers search for bodies of Sydney couple allegedly shot dead by police officer

The cyclist was on Pont street in Belgravia when he filmed the driver on his phone behind the wheel

Cyclist reports driver for using mobile phone at the wheel - but police accuse him of breaking the law

Shocking footage shows pro-Palestine protestors taking on Bradford kebab shop after owner 'refuses to boycott Coca-Cola'

Pro-Palestine protesters attack kebab shop after owner 'refused to boycott Coca-Cola'

Pope Francis carried out a traditional Sunday noon blessing

Pope Francis cancels engagements due to mild flu symptoms, Vatican says

A makeshift tent camp in Rafah for Palestinians displaced by the Israeli ground offensive on the Gaza Strip

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of blocking aid in violation of UN court order

A protest by farmers outside a meeting of EU agriculture ministers in Brussels

Farmers converge on EU’s headquarters in fresh show of force

The protester identified himself as Aaron Bushnell, 25

US airman Aaron Bushnell, 25, screams ‘Free Palestine’ before setting himself on fire in protest over Gaza war

Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower reopens to visitors after six-day closure amid strike by employees

London Mayor Sadiq Khan has been criticised for his less than frugal spending where 'night tsar' Amy Lamé's luxury 'partnership building' trips were concerned

Sadiq Khan under fire for sending £117k 'night tsar' on luxury business trips despite London's flagging party scene

Charlotte Church has been criticised for the chant being used at the concert

Charlotte Church slammed for singing controversial 'from the river to the sea' chant at pro-Palestine charity concert

Christopher Nolan

Oppenheimer keeps devouring awards with top prize at Producers Guild

Rishi Sunak is facing a revolt for sacking Lee Anderson

PM denies Tories have 'Islamophobic tendencies' as minister says Lee Anderson's comments were 'profoundly wrong'

Bus operators said they were not consulted about the plans and laid the blame on the delays firmly on the LTN

Three mile bus journeys take two hours in low-traffic neighbourhoods with TfL blaming 'serious' delays on scheme