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“Kelvin embraced me in The Sun newsroom (thank goodness no Guardian photographers were about) and terrorised Sun lawyers who baulked at some of the disclosures. Yes, really. He was right and the bad guys never sued.
Kelvin and [deputy editor] Neil [Wallis] knew that the book could not have been written without the covert co-operation of serving detectives and customs officers. They also knew we hadn’t paid a penny.
Some of the cops were no angels but none, not one, ever held out their hands. These sources were driven by the refreshing desire to do what the top brass wouldn’t do: rid the Yard of bent coppers.
Some took real risks. I recall getting rubbed down in seedy pub lavatories by serving officers, checking I wasn’t wired. Then they bought their round and talked. Kelvin had the courage to publish.”