Katy Bourne Sussex Police Crime Commissioner under attack over Paedophiles cover up.
Martin Richards as Chief Constable and ask an outside Police Force to
investigate corruption and gross misconduct inside Sussex Police Force
complaint made against Arun District Council in 2002 that a paedophile
ring was operating within the council offices appears to have been
interfered with by the Chief Constable who appears to be friends with
the ex-Chief Executive of the Council. When the same council then used
false documents to bankrupt the author of the statement, Sussex Police
failed to take any action. Instead it appears that they actively
encouraged the bankruptcy court by writing at very specific hearings
denying any ongoing investigation or at the very least minimising their
involvement - leaving the defendant in this case looking as though he
was either lying or attempting to delay the court proceedings. The
judge in the matter eventually lost patience and granted the bankruptcy
order. The man's £500,000 home was then sold for little over half price
to the best friend of one of the original investigating officers.
He was best man at the friends wedding.
I’m now told
that a new investigation into the Police handling of the original
complaint is underway and several serving officers are to be
investigated for misconduct.
However, this second investigation
also now appears to have been delayed by further influences from senior
officers. The original investigating officer appears to have
completely disappeared from the ranks of Sussex Police and is either
suspended or on long term sick leave.
Nick Herbert, the
Police Minister was informed at the beginning of this year of the
situation by the charity Shelter and promised a full and thorough
investigation into Arun District Council and Sussex Police. Nothing
has happened other than holding letters being sent out explaining that
Sussex Police need more time. MP Peter Bottomley has also been asking
questions and so far has nothing to report either.
Sussex Police Authority when informed of the situation has asked the
Chief Constable to answer the allegation of corruption within the local
Police Force. Instead he has passed the matter to the Professional
Standards department who are still trying their level best to bury the
whole issue. They fail to answer emails or letters.
isn’t it that this is one of the longest serving Conservative Councils
in the country and two Conservative MP's can't get answers.
Or is it that they are afraid the answers will damage their parties reputation ?
beggars belief that a statement about a paedophile ring running inside a
local authority would not be investigated fully. It further beggars
belief that when the council use false documents to bankrupt the man who
made the complaint that the Police fail yet again in their duties to
uphold the law and not see that the councils action as revenge or worst
an attempt to silence any further allegations.
is left asking the question ' how many children have continued to be
abused in Littlehampton/Bognor Regis in the last 10 years since the
complaint was originally made?' Sussex Police need to answer the
allegation that they have deliberately refused to investigate friends
who work for Arun District Council and they need to be held to account
as does the Chief Constable