John Sweeney (police officer)

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John Sweeney is a Detective Superintendent in the Metropolitan Police Service. As of 2011, he is leading Operation Withern, the investigation into the 2011 London riots.[1][2]

He had previously led the reinvestigation of the murder of policeman Keith Blakelock.[3]


  1. ^ Statements following disorder in Tottenham, Metropolitan Police Service, 7 August 2011 
  2. ^ "London riots: Met Police launch major investigation". BBC News. 7 August 2011. 
  3. ^ "Ten arrests this year over Pc Keith Blakelock murder". BBC News. 6 October 2010. Leading the latest inquiry, Det Supt John Sweeney said he had promised Blakelock's family "to do my utmost to identify and bring to justice those responsible for killing Keith".