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It is exactly six months since I sent
a formal complaint to Bexley police
alleging that they were either incompetent or corrupt.
They had acted on the instructions of Councillor Don Massey and sent three officers to my front door (one stayed in their car) demanding an interview (and threatening arrest for any resistance) for publishing what they said was a photograph of the Massey’s daughter Victoria. One of the police officers told me that the complaint was made by Victoria Massey although subsequent correspondence indicated that was not true.
I had taken the advice of an experienced and university qualified journalist before publishing that photograph and was told that as it had been made freely available on the internet by its owner there was no reason not to. I decided to blur it although I was specifically advised there was absolutely no need to do so.
If you read the original blog reproduced below, you will see that most of it was a criticism of the police over their handling of a complaint by the Massey’s unfortunate next door neighbour in Sidcup. When she made a late night call to the police about the unrelenting noise coming yet again from the Massey’s rented house they volunteered to pay a visit. A few days later, and after her story was published here, it was that neighbour who found herself the subject of a harassment investigation and not the Masseys.
It took seven months for the police to decide what was obvious all along, that
my blog was not a criminal harassment of any member of the Massey family.
My complaint against Bexley police is based on the assurance I was given by the professional journalist that what has been repeated above does not get within a million miles of being harassment and neither did an earlier blog revealing that the Massey’s care services business had failed and their principal residence was in Rochester. Both facts had been put in the public domain by the Masseys, on the Companies House website, on Facebook and by changes made to their Council Register of Interests.
Had the blog been anywhere near being harassment I might understand why a police investigation would be required and I asked the police to either prove to me that I was close to breaking the law or admit that they merely jumped because Councillor Don Massey told them to.
As yet, six months on from my complaint, Bexley police has failed to do either.
The alternatives appear to be that they admit to having yet again taken orders from Bexley Council without any justification in law, in which case I will not take the matter further in the expectation they never do it again, or they attempt to make out a case that the blog came close to breaching the law, in which case the matter will take the familiar path which has already led to twelve Bexley police officers being interviewed under caution because they cannot resist doing favours for the rotten elements within Bexley Council.