In 1987 Det Insp Simon N(redacted) and then P.C Nick P(redacted) confronted Derek Haslam over a covert recording he had made of Alan “Taffy” Holmes who had recently killed himself whilst under pressure. Haslam stated that at a “hard stop” in New Addington police had confiscated the recording. On analysis it proved nothing more than drunken bravado, urban myth and nonsense.
Following Alan “Taffy” Holmes funeral N and P spoke to Haslam about Holmes being in a vulnerable state. It was no secret that Haslam piled on the pressure, making Holmes think that Commander Ray Adams was after him, disaster was around the corner and that the Metropolitan Police wanted a scapegoat – namely Holmes. For this Haslam was well rewarded financially, his guiding motive in most things.
After the funeral, many mourners returned to Norbury Police Station, where N and P continued questioning Haslam and his motives. At that point Haslam ran out the back door into a private park and rang Jonathan Rees (whom he would subsequently bug and try to frame for Daniel Morgan’s unsolved murder).
Jonathan Rees met Haslam who was near the “Uno Plus” restaurant and Haslam produced a six round revolver (illegally held) and threatened to “shoot any c**t who comes near my house”.
In October 1989, on his 42nd birthday, after the standard 21 year period Haslam claimed his full pension – and had one of his numerous nervous breakdowns. Apart from aspects of Holmes suicide and Haslam’s role in it, is it not time to ask Norfolk Police why a former mental patient still has an unlicenced firearm? As with his son P.C James A Haslam of King’s Lynn (who passed confidential documents to his Father) is there a dichotomy within the law in East Anglia?