A top councillor says Lewisham Council has a “good relationship” with the police after concerns were raised following a raid at the home of a high-profile employee.

This follows a council meeting where Cllr Alan Hall questioned why the Met did not tell the council Gwenton Sloley had his home wrongfully raided on October 8 as part of a manhunt until October 10.

Mr Sloley is a leading anti-gangs advisor, community outreach worker and former consultant to Lewisham Council who had access to sensitive information and vulnerable people as part of his work helping those involved in serious violence.

His home was one of four properties raided on October 8 in relation to Myles Prospere, 25, who was jailed at Woolwich Crown Court in December.

Prospere lived at the Sedgehill Road address five years before Mr Sloley.

Mr Sloley no longer works for Lewisham Council.

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Speaking at the council meeting, Cllr Hall said: “There is a partnership arrangement and these are serious issues to do with serious violence and the relationship with the police.”

But cabinet member for community safety Cllr Joani Reid said there weren’t any on-going concerns about communication between the police and the council.

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“We have got a really good relationship with the police. If anything like that arose [safeguarding concerns involving a council employee] it would be dealt with in an appropriate way,” she said.

Lewisham Council shares information with relevant agencies, including the police, for crime enforcement as per section 31 of the Data Protection Act.

When asked for further information about the sharing of information between the organisations and what protocol was in place, a Lewisham Council spokesperson said: “There is no document between the police and the council that relates to disclosure by the police regarding council staff or those who undertake work for the council.

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“The police follow their practice and protocols so you may wish to speak to them on this matter.

“In relation to Mr Sloley, we were contacted by the police on 10 October 2018 and took appropriate actions that day.”

A Met Police spokesperson said the information-sharing protocol follows national guidelines.