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BRITAIN'S former top cop has admitted he knew of allegations that pornography had been found on one of Damian Green's parliamentary computers during a 2008 investigation into leaks.
Sir Paul Stephenson, who was Metropolitan Police Commissioner between 2009 and 2011, told the BBC yesterday the alleged discovery "wasn't relevant" to the original criminal probe.
The First Secretary of State's Commons office was searched by the Met when Mr Green was a shadow minister following a spate of leaks of Home Office information in 2008.
Mr Green's office and home were searched and he was arrested in connection with the probe in November that year, but he faced no further action.
Now Mr Stephenson said he was made aware of pornography on one of the office computers but viewed the allegations as a "side issue" and it was not Scotland Yard's role to police the workplace.
"I regret it's in the public domain," he said.
"There was no criminality involved, there were no victims, there was no vulnerability and it was not a matter of extraordinary public interest."
A Whitehall inquiry into the PM's deputy was widened last week after the Sunday Times reported that a statement prepared by ex-Met assistant commissioner Bob Quick for a separate review had discussed the alleged discovery.
Following the Sunday Times report, Mr Green said the story was "completely untrue" and the allegations amounted to "false, disreputable political smears."
He added: "More importantly, the police have never suggested to me that improper material was found on my parliamentary computer, nor did I have a 'private' computer, as has been claimed."
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