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Bonkers Blog February 2017

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26 February (Part 2) - Even if not corrupt, they like to put on a show

It was not a totally good week for hitting back at the dubious, almost certainly corrupt, relationship that exists between Bexley Council and the police.

The officers Elwyn and I met last Thursday were very supportive of such views but after more than a week of dithering the same Directorate of Professional Standards has decided that it is entirely appropriate for Bexley police to investigate themselves. Not just the borough force investigating one of its own officers but the very same officer against whom the complaint was made has been given responsibility for investigating himself.

This is the Massey harassment business which took the police seven months to decide wasn’t harassment at all. I argued that nothing I wrote was anywhere near to being harassment and Bexley police were unable to show otherwise, so to my mind it has to be either incompetence or corruption again that caused them to send the Old Bill to my door.

Unless they can show that I was close to overstepping the mark - and advice from professional journalists is that they won’t be able to - all this latest decision does is to delay matters and demonstrate that the police like being seen as corrupt.

Maybe Bexley police will put their hands up and bring the matter to a swift end, but much more likely is that their excuses will be referred to the IPCC.

 

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