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2021/02/27(土) 13:09:29.87 ID:Az86mXdD0
For years, questions have been asked about the relationship between Freemasonry and police.
As recently as 2018, the then-retiring head of the Police Federation, Steve White, said he suspected Lodge members were obstructing reform from within police services.
And in the 1980s, a decade when Freemasonry's influence on policing, the judiciary and local government came under intense scrutiny, a high-profile scandal raised the question of Masonic influence on Greater Manchester Police.
That was the so-called Stalker Affair - in which John Stalker, a veteran detective who rose to the ranks of Deputy Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, was accused of associating with criminals, including members of the city's notorious 'Quality Street Gang'.
At the time, Stalker was two years into an inquiry he was heading into allegations that the Royal Ulster Constabulary had used a 'shoot to kill' policy in Northern Ireland.
The late Mr Stalker strongly denied, and was later cleared of allegations that he fraternised with gangsters. Speculation swirled in the media that the well-respected officer had been the victim of smear campaign - orchestrated by Masons within GMP and the RUC - as a result of his work in Northern Ireland.
This claim was strongly denied by the Freemasons, who raise millions for good causes every year, and define themselves as a social group which merely encourages self-improvement in a spirit of respect, integrity, friendship and charitable giving.
But now, a new book has raised questions about the influence of the brotherhood within Greater Manchester Police in the more recent past.