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US News Judge blasts 'Nick the fantasist' police whitewash: Fury at watchdog who cleared officers of misconduct in sex abuse case

09:55  07 october  2019
09:55  07 october  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

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Judge blasts ‘ Nick the fantasist ’ police whitewash : Fury at watchdog who cleared Richard Henriques says 'no effective interrogations' carried out in ' Nick ' case . The police watchdogs who cleared five ‘ Nick ’ scandal detectives are savaged by a former High Court judge today.

Fantasist Carl Beech, previously known only as ' Nick ', fabricated a series of claims of rape, torture and Police watchdog report into VIP child abuse lies of fantasist ' Nick ' is branded a ' whitewash ' as Met Police chief Police watchdog cleared officers of wrongdoing after disastrous VIP sex probe.

Cressida Dick © Getty Cressida Dick The police watchdogs who cleared five ‘Nick’ scandal detectives are savaged by a former High Court judge today.

Richard Henriques says ‘no effective interrogations’ were carried out during the ‘flawed’ inquiry by the Independent Office for Police Conduct.

Calling on Home Secretary Priti Patel to take action, he expresses alarm at the watchdog’s ‘lack of knowledge of criminal procedure’.

a person wearing a red dress standing in a field: Richard Henriques (pictured in 2000) says ‘no effective interrogations’ were carried out during the ‘flawed’ inquiry by the Independent Office for Police Conduct © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Richard Henriques (pictured in 2000) says ‘no effective interrogations’ were carried out during the ‘flawed’ inquiry by the Independent Office for Police Conduct

In an article in today’s Daily Mail, Sir Richard accuses the agency of ‘gross and inexcusable delays’ in a ‘lamentable and inadequate’ inquiry.

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Now put VIP abuse ' fantasist ' in the dock: As damning report blasts gullible police 's 43 blunders in their Operation Midland inquiry, accused ex-MP calls for 'victim' who sparked it to be prosecuted. Five Yard officers were referred to police watchdog for potential breaches of professional standards.

Boss of police watchdog that cleared officers involved in ‘ Fantasist Nick ’ scandal of any Police watchdog chief Michael Lockwood has accused critics angry at the clearing of officers who hunted The director general of the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has hit out at fury that its

His bombshell comments come as the IOPC prepares to publish a report explaining why it exonerated the officers involved in a disastrous VIP child sex abuse probe.

Sources familiar with the dossier call it a ‘disgraceful whitewash’ – ‘sloppy, partial and full of errors’.

And The Times reported that the police watchdog is expected to reveal it did not even question Steve Rodhouse, a former deputy assistant commissioner who was in charge of the investigation, and former detective superintendent Kenny McDonald, about the search warrants to raid suspects' homes.

Sir Richard, who spent several months investigating Scotland Yard over Operation Midland before demanding five officers face a misconduct probe, also reveals that the IOPC waited 20 months before taking a statement from him.

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A senior officer at the police watchdog which oversaw a ' whitewash ' probe into Nick the fantasist 's claims about a VIP paedophile ring has been suspended. He headed up an inquiry that cleared five detectives of misconduct after Scotland Yard's botched investigation into claims made by Carl Beech.

He says the official who belatedly contacted him ‘readily conceded her lack of relevant education, training and experience’. He stresses that the woman, who the Daily Mail has decided not to name, should not be made a scapegoat for the serious failings in the case.

Cressida Dick wearing a suit and hat: Also caught up in the affair is Met Commissioner Cressida Dick (pictured on October 5 in Ladbroke Grove), who oversaw the setting up of Midland in November 2014 and who has refused to answer questions from the Mail about her role © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Also caught up in the affair is Met Commissioner Cressida Dick (pictured on October 5 in Ladbroke Grove), who oversaw the setting up of Midland in November 2014 and who has refused to answer questions from the Mail about her role

Instead he directs the blame higher up the organisation which is led by Michael Lockwood, an accountant who headed a suburban London council.

Last week the appalling failures of what is now considered to be one of Scotland Yard’s most disgraceful investigations were laid bare when Sir Richard’s damning 2016 report on Midland, previously heavily redacted, was published.

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The police watchdog was in the dock last night over its inquiry which cleared five key detectives of misconduct in the bungled VIP child sex abuse In each case , it found no evidence of misconduct . Its stance put it on a collision course with retired High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques, who in a

as a " whitewash " report from the police watchdog absolved all her officers involved of any by the police were "unlawful" because detectives had misled a district judge in applying for them. "The IOPC is very clear that there must be accountability and assurance to the public that the weaknesses

It documented how officers made 43 major errors and wasted £2.5million probing bogus claims of VIP child abuse and murder by Nick – the convicted paedophile Carl Beech who is serving 18 years for perjury and other offences.

a man standing in front of a red car: Steve Rodhouse (pictured at a barber's shop near his home), the officer who oversaw the shambles, remains in his £240,000-a-year job at the National Crime Agency © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Steve Rodhouse (pictured at a barber's shop near his home), the officer who oversaw the shambles, remains in his £240,000-a-year job at the National Crime Agency

Yet Steve Rodhouse, the officer who oversaw the shambles, remains in his £240,000-a-year job at the National Crime Agency. Sir Richard’s scathing commentary in the Mail today will make uncomfortable reading for Miss Patel, who has faced calls to set up a rigorous, fully independent investigation into the conduct of blundering detectives.

There have been repeated demands for Mr Rodhouse, described as an ‘embarrassment’ by a Home Office official, to be removed from his job. Also caught up in the affair is Met Commissioner Cressida Dick, who oversaw the setting up of Midland in November 2014 and who has refused to answer questions from the Mail about her role.

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Priti Patel et al. standing around a plane: Calling on Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured arriving at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on October 2) to take action, Sir Richard expresses alarm at the watchdog’s ‘lack of knowledge of criminal procedure’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Calling on Home Secretary Priti Patel (pictured arriving at the Conservative Party Conference in Manchester on October 2) to take action, Sir Richard expresses alarm at the watchdog’s ‘lack of knowledge of criminal procedure’

The IOPC’s decision to exonerate all five officers looked even more extraordinary last week following the publication of Sir Richard’s report. 

Geoffrey Robertson wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Geoffrey Robertson QC (pictured in London in 2015) is representing Harvey Proctor, a Tory ex-MP who was falsely accused by Nick © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Geoffrey Robertson QC (pictured in London in 2015) is representing Harvey Proctor, a Tory ex-MP who was falsely accused by Nick

It revealed that Mr Rodhouse thought parts of Nick’s account may have been fabricated yet still kept to a strategy of declaring publicly that police believed him.

Geoffrey Robertson QC, who is representing Harvey Proctor, a Tory ex-MP who was falsely accused by Nick, said the Henriques report revealed that ‘Operation Midland was conducted incompetently, negligently and almost with institutional stupidity’.

In his article today, Sir Richard says that he finds ‘it difficult to conceive that no misconduct or criminality was involved by at least one officer’ on the 16-month inquiry, which ended without any arrests or charges.

a man wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: Sir Richard directs the blame higher up the organisation which is led by Michael Lockwood (pictured), an accountant who headed a suburban London council © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sir Richard directs the blame higher up the organisation which is led by Michael Lockwood (pictured), an accountant who headed a suburban London council He concludes by warning: ‘Maintenance of law and order depends upon the effective oversight of those invested with power. 

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Who guards the guards themselves? A malfunctioning police force has not received the necessary oversight.’

 

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Where's Cressida Dick? Pressure grows on Scotland Yard Commissioner after her failure to publicly face music over VIP sex abuse scandal fallout

By Stephen Wright Associate News Editor for the Daily Mail 

Dame Cressida Dick is under mounting pressure to make a full statement about her role in the bungled VIP child abuse inquiry after ex-High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques said watchdogs should have interviewed her about it.

In today’s damning Mail commentary, Sir Richard insists the Scotland Yard chief should have been quizzed about her knowledge of the case.

He writes: ‘Emails between officers should have been examined. Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse’s immediate superiors – Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and her successor Patricia Gallan – should have been interviewed about their roles in the investigation, the briefings they received and their responses.’

a man wearing a uniform: Sir Richard Henriques writes: ‘Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse’s (pictured) immediate superiors should have been interviewed about their roles in the investigation' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sir Richard Henriques writes: ‘Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse’s (pictured) immediate superiors should have been interviewed about their roles in the investigation'

When full humiliating details of Sir Richard’s 2016 report on Operation Midland were released on Friday, it was Dame Cressida’s deputy, Sir Stephen House, who made a Press statement about the case and fielded questions from the media. 

a man wearing a suit and tie: Sir Richard Henriques writes: ‘Steve Rodhouse’s immediate superiors – Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and her successor Patricia Gallan (pictured) – should have been interviewed' © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Sir Richard Henriques writes: ‘Steve Rodhouse’s immediate superiors – Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and her successor Patricia Gallan (pictured) – should have been interviewed' The Metropolitan Police Commissioner was at an annual memorial service for a murdered police officer elsewhere in London but sources pointed out that it was her force’s decision to release the report on Friday morning.

Yesterday the Sunday Telegraph reported claims that she had been ‘washing her hands’ of her force’s handling of the VIP sex ring allegations.

A senior Government source was quoted as saying: ‘It’s clear that the report raises serious questions about leadership, yet the public have heard very little from Cressida Dick on this, which has worried people in senior levels of the Government.

Stephen House holding a sign: When full humiliating details of Sir Richard’s 2016 report on Operation Midland were released on Friday, it was Dame Cressida’s deputy, Sir Stephen House (pictured), who made a Press statement about the case and fielded questions from the media © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited When full humiliating details of Sir Richard’s 2016 report on Operation Midland were released on Friday, it was Dame Cressida’s deputy, Sir Stephen House (pictured), who made a Press statement about the case and fielded questions from the media

‘There are concerns that she has washed her hands of this.’

Dame Cressida was an Assistant Commissioner in charge of specialist crime and operations in the Met in October 2014 when ‘Nick’ – real name Carl Beech – was interviewed at length about outlandish allegations he made.

He claimed the heads of MI5 and MI6 used him as a human dartboard, a former spy chief kidnapped his dog and D-Day hero Lord Bramall fraternised with pervert DJ Jimmy Savile and ordered him to eat his own vomit. 

Leon Brittan wearing a suit and tie smiling at the camera: 'Nick' the fantasist also falsely alleged ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan (pictured) was in a gang that murdered three boys © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Nick' the fantasist also falsely alleged ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan (pictured) was in a gang that murdered three boys He also falsely alleged former prime minister Ted Heath and ex-Home Secretary Leon Brittan were in a gang that murdered three boys, and he was tortured with snakes and wasps.

Edward Heath wearing a suit and tie: 'Nick' the fantasist also falsely alleged former prime minister Ted Heath (pictured) was in a gang that murdered three boys © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited 'Nick' the fantasist also falsely alleged former prime minister Ted Heath (pictured) was in a gang that murdered three boys Dame Cressida oversaw the setting up of Operation Midland under DAC Rodhouse in November 2014, and was also in post a month later when a senior detective described Nick as giving a ‘credible and true’ account.

Edwin Bramall wearing a suit and tie: Carl Beech claimed the heads of MI5 and MI6 used him as a human dartboard, a former spy chief kidnapped his dog and D-Day hero Lord Bramall (pictured outside his home in Hampshire in 2013) fraternised with pervert DJ Jimmy Savile and ordered him to eat his own vomit © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Carl Beech claimed the heads of MI5 and MI6 used him as a human dartboard, a former spy chief kidnapped his dog and D-Day hero Lord Bramall (pictured outside his home in Hampshire in 2013) fraternised with pervert DJ Jimmy Savile and ordered him to eat his own vomit

Scotland Yard confirmed Dame Cressida was not interviewed by Sir Richard as part of his 2016 investigation into Operation Midland.

Cressida Dick wearing a hat: Dame Cressida was an Assistant Commissioner in charge of specialist crime and operations in the Met in October 2014 when ‘Nick’ – real name Carl Beech – was interviewed at length about outlandish allegations he made. Pictured during a visit to Brixton © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Dame Cressida was an Assistant Commissioner in charge of specialist crime and operations in the Met in October 2014 when ‘Nick’ – real name Carl Beech – was interviewed at length about outlandish allegations he made. Pictured during a visit to Brixton He was not made aware of her crucial role overseeing the early stages of the investigation, as she had left to join the Foreign Office by the time he was commissioned to write his report. She rejoined the Met later.

Her name did not feature in his report and her involvement overseeing Operation Midland was not widely known until last month when the Daily Mail revealed details of her links.

a man wearing a suit and tie standing in front of a store: Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor (pictured on the BBC this week), who was falsely accused of serial murder by Beech, 51, has alleged Dame Cressida neglected her duty © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor (pictured on the BBC this week), who was falsely accused of serial murder by Beech, 51, has alleged Dame Cressida neglected her duty

A Met spokesman confirmed she had received briefings on the operation. Former Tory MP Harvey Proctor, who was falsely accused of serial murder by Beech, 51, has alleged Dame Cressida neglected her duty. 

Senior MPs on the home affairs select committee have indicated they will press for her to appear in front of them to answer questions on her role.

 

10 Questions this officer must answer

a man wearing a suit and tie: Why did you agree with Det Supt Kenny McDonald (pictured) in saying that ‘If asked we will say that we do believe Nick (Beech)’ when neither of you had met Beech or read his interviews? © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Why did you agree with Det Supt Kenny McDonald (pictured) in saying that ‘If asked we will say that we do believe Nick (Beech)’ when neither of you had met Beech or read his interviews? Ex-yard Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse was in charge of the disastrous sex abuse probe sparked by fantasist Carl Beech, also known as ‘Nick’. 

Today he has a top job at the National Crime Agency after he was cleared in four months by police watchdogs without even being interviewed. 

Here are the questions ex-judge Sir Richard Henriques says he should have been asked...

1 Why did you not read either Carl Beech’s police interviews or his blogs, and how was it possible to accurately assess his credibility without considering them?

2 Why did you agree with Det Supt Kenny McDonald in saying that ‘If asked we will say that we do believe Nick (Beech)’ when neither of you had met Beech or read his interviews and blogs?

3 Why on that same day did you write in a log that a full investigation was required to establish Beech’s credibility?

4 Having concluded that it was inappropriate for Mr McDonald to have used the words ‘credible and true’ to publicly describe Beech’s allegations, what steps did you take either immediately or thereafter to correct his error?

5 Did you consult or communicate with your immediate superior at the time, Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick, concerning Mr McDonald’s error and possible means of correcting it?

6 Why did the error remain uncorrected and in the public domain from December 18, 2014, until corrected on September 21, 2015?

7 Was it appropriate for you to authorise the applications for search warrants for the homes of Lord Bramall, Harvey Proctor and the late Lord Brittan having not read any police interview with Beech or his blogs?

8 Why did you not review the applications before they were presented to court?

9 The district judge relied on the fact that the applications had been considered at deputy assistant commissioner level. Having read no interview, no blog and no application, was your oversight sufficient and responsible?

10 Why, when Operation Midland ended, did you state ‘we have found no evidence of Nick (Beech) wilfully misleading the investigation team or perverting the course of justice’? This is singularly inaccurate as Beech’s subsequent convictions demonstrate. 

 

Lamentable. Inadequate. Inexcusable: SIR RICHARD HENRIQUES blasts the police watchdog who ruled not ONE officer should be punished over the scandal

By Sir Richard Henriques 

The tardy publication of the Independent Office for Police Conduct report exonerating all five officers involved in the application for search warrants at the homes of Lord Bramall, Lady Brittan and Harvey Proctor should give rise to the most serious public disquiet.

Whilst all five, absent any proper investigation, must be presumed innocent, the responsibility of the IOPC was to carry out a high quality investigation in a timely manner. 

The delay in reaching their findings of almost three years is gross and inexcusable and goes some way to inhibiting any further investigation.

a person standing in a room: The source, Carl Beech (pictured being interviewed in 2016), was described as having remained consistent ‘and he is felt to be a credible witness who is telling the truth’ © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The source, Carl Beech (pictured being interviewed in 2016), was described as having remained consistent ‘and he is felt to be a credible witness who is telling the truth’

The investigative process itself was minimal, unprofessional and the decision-making was flawed. The complaint was referred by the then Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, at my request, to the police watchdog, then named the IPCC, in November 2016. 

I had concluded the search warrants had been obtained unlawfully and I called for a vigorous investigation into the decision to apply for them.

No such vigorous investigation has taken place. Neither Deputy Assistant Commissioner Steve Rodhouse nor Detective Superintendent Kenny McDonald have been asked a single question in interview as ‘subjects’ (potential suspects) – written answers having been accepted without questioning.

Both were exonerated within four months and were later interviewed as potential witnesses against the more junior officers.

Bernard Hogan-Howe wearing a hat: The complaint was referred by the then Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (pictured in 2017) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The complaint was referred by the then Met commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe (pictured in 2017)

A decision was taken to investigate all five officers for misconduct as opposed to gross misconduct or criminal conduct, notwithstanding the fact that false documentation had been placed before a district judge on oath, in order to obtain the warrants. 

Their source, Carl Beech, was described as having remained consistent ‘and he is felt to be a credible witness who is telling the truth’.

But he had not remained consistent and officers failed to disclose seven factors that undermined his credibility.

a man looking at the camera: Detective Inspector Alison Hepworth © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Detective Inspector Alison Hepworth a man wearing a suit and tie smiling and looking at the camera: Detective Sergeant Eric Sword © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Detective Sergeant Eric Sword

The investigation of the three more junior officers proceeded so slowly that all of them had retired by the time any decision was reached. Had disciplinary measures been ordered they could no longer have been imposed. 

Both Detective Inspector Alison Hepworth and Detective Sergeant Eric Sword submitted written answers to questions which were accepted with no cross examination.

The only officer to be questioned face to face was Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway who by reason of the passage of time ‘was unable to recollect what information was available at what time’. 

a close up of a man: DAC Rodhouse (pictured) and DCI Tudway in particular had numerous difficult questions to answer. In the context of these facts it is crucial to observe the presumption of innocence © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited DAC Rodhouse (pictured) and DCI Tudway in particular had numerous difficult questions to answer. In the context of these facts it is crucial to observe the presumption of innocence

No attempt was made to establish what material was available to each officer. This could have been simply achieved by reference to available logs and other documentation. It follows that no effective interrogation of any officer was carried out.

Having agreed with Sir Bernard on October 31, 2016, that this matter should be investigated by the IPCC, I anticipated contact from a senior watchdog official in the early stages of its inquiry, to question me in detail about my concerns over the officers’ conduct.

I was not contacted until July 2018 – 20 months later – when the ‘lead investigator’ asked me to make a statement by telephone.

She informed me she had no legal training, was not fully aware of the process for obtaining warrants and initial attempts to create a statement failed. I agreed to write my own statement and submitted it electronically.

I was shocked to learn that the two most senior officers in Operation Midland – DAC Rodhouse and DSU McDonald – had been exonerated more than a year earlier and that ‘mere misconduct’ was being investigated in preference to gross misconduct or criminal misconduct.

Cressida Dick wearing a hat: DAC Rodhouse’s immediate superiors, then Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick (pictured in August as No 10 Downing Street) and her successor Patricia Gallan, should have been interviewed about their roles in the investigation, the briefings they received and their responses © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited DAC Rodhouse’s immediate superiors, then Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick (pictured in August as No 10 Downing Street) and her successor Patricia Gallan, should have been interviewed about their roles in the investigation, the briefings they received and their responses

In the final paragraph of my report on Operation Midland I wrote: ‘At the conclusion of my interview with the officers on 16/17 August 2016, I formed the view that notwithstanding the many mistakes I have enumerated above (43), the officers had conducted the investigation in a conscientious manner and with propriety and honesty.’

It appears that the IOPC used these words to justify their findings exculpating all five officers.

In the preceding paragraphs I had called for a vigorous investigation to be conducted by those with appropriate investigative powers. Prior to any such investigation the officers were presumed to be innocent. Such presumption may or may not have survived a full and proper investigation.

No ‘subject’ is to be tried for misconduct or criminal conduct without proper investigation. My concluding observation should not have been used as a basis for failing to carry out a high quality and timely investigation. 

I did not have the authority to carry out any disciplinary investigation myself. Written responses from four of the officers should have been tested by cross examination. All five officers should have been interviewed and cross examined. 

Junior officers should have been interviewed before the senior officers were exonerated.

a person and a child posing for the camera: The only officer to be questioned face to face was Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway (pictured on November 11, 2014) © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The only officer to be questioned face to face was Detective Chief Inspector Diane Tudway (pictured on November 11, 2014)

There is no justification for the officer in charge of Operation Midland, DAC Rodhouse, to have been exonerated after four months, more than two years before the junior officers were cleared.

Other Midland officers should have been interviewed. Emails between officers should have been examined. 

DAC Rodhouse’s immediate superiors, then Assistant Commissioner Cressida Dick and her successor Patricia Gallan, should have been interviewed about their roles in the investigation, the briefings they received and their responses. 

DAC Rodhouse and DCI Tudway in particular had numerous difficult questions to answer. In the context of these facts it is crucial to observe the presumption of innocence.

It is possible that senior officers delegated the drafting, reviewing and presentation of the search warrant applications to fully informed junior officers who were responsible for the errors.

It is also possible the senior officers knew full well that no judge would grant the applications if they were accurately drafted setting out the undermining factors – and that junior officers with incomplete knowledge of the operation were deployed to make the applications.

Close examination of logs, minutes from office meetings, policy files, weekly briefings, ‘Gold Group’ minutes, and emails would have resolved such issues and still could. I readily conclude that one or more of the five officers may not have committed misconduct in the application for warrants.

However I find it difficult to conceive that no misconduct or criminality was involved by at least one officer. Beech was not consistent. There were numerous undermining facts omitted from the applications. 

A rigorous and timely investigation – headed by a serving or retired chief constable from an outside force – would have detected the misconduct or criminality.

This has been my first contact with either the IPCC or the IOPC.

Whilst I have been treated with the utmost courtesy, I have been alarmed by the lack of knowledge of relevant criminal procedure. The ‘lead investigator’ readily conceded her lack of relevant education, training and experience. She should not have been tasked with this highly-sensitive case.

She must not be made a scapegoat for failings in the IOPC under its director-general Michael Lockwood, an accountant with many years in local government.

It is a matter of profound regret that one of the most unsatisfactory and error-ridden criminal operations in history should be followed by such a lamentably slow and inadequate process.

Maintenance of law and order depends upon the effective oversight of those invested with power. Who guards the guards themselves? A malfunctioning police force has not received the necessary oversight. 

Those acting for people shamefully and adversely affected by this chain of events need no assistance from me. The Home Secretary will wish to address these shocking failures.

Sir Richard Henriques neither sought nor received payment for this article. 

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