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he family of private investigator Daniel Morgan have welcomed news that a long-awaited report into his murder will finally be published next month.

The Daniel Morgan Independent Panel (DMIP) said its findings on the unsolved killing will be published in Parliament on June 15, subject to final confirmation from Home Secretary Priti Patel.

It follows pressure from crossbench peer Baroness O’Loan, who chairs the DMIP, on Ms Patel to guarantee the report would be made public by June 16 to enable Mr Morgan’s family to finally receive answers 34 years after his death.

Mr Morgan, a private investigator, was killed with an axe in the car park of the Golden Lion pub in Sydenham, south-east London, on March 10 1987.

Despite five police inquiries and an inquest, no-one has been brought to justice over the father-of-two’s death, with the Metropolitan Police admitting corruption had hampered the original murder investigation.

The panel said an agreement had been reached for a “small team” from the Home Office to be permitted to read the report in advance of publication.

Priti Patel / PA Wire

In a statement, the panel said it had had “series of discussions” with Ms Patel to reach the “target” date of June 15.

It said: “An agreement has been reached that a small team from the Home Office will be permitted to read the report in advance of publication, under strict viewing conditions, at the premises of the panel.

“As was always envisaged, the Home Secretary will be provided with a copy of the report to read before publication.

“There are no redactions in the panel’s report, which is complete. In the unlikely event that any redaction is applied by the Home Secretary, this will be clearly indicated in a footnote.”

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