You have heard it said here before
but you cannot ever expect honesty from an organisation that investigates itself.
They know that ultimately they can get away with any act of dishonesty with impunity.
On that basis I wrote to the Chief Constable of Kent on 18th December to ask for a progress report on my ten month old allegation of crime against former Bexley Councillor Maxine Fothergill and the allocation of a crime number.
To briefly recap, Maxine Fothergill signed a lengthy statement of mainly lies which she hoped might put me behind bars for revealing her expensive libel losses in the High Court.
Those lies caused the less than competent Sergeant Robbie Cooke (11901) to charge me with harassment. His Inspector wrote to me to say he should be given guidance to ensure it didn’t happen to anyone else but as far as I know it never happened because Kent’s Directorate of Professional Standards decided that police officers were entitled to believe that factual news reporting is a crime.
As a result of Cooke’s ignorance I was charged with that crime and summoned to appear at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court.
Maxine Forthergill’s exaggerations and lies gave me three months of sleepless nights and caused a £3,600 bill for legal services. (Some of it subsequently returned.)
When the Crown Prosecution Service looked at the papers the day before I was due in Court they wasted no time in dropping the case and eventually the Court made an order for costs in my favour. A whole £324 of it.
Fothergill knew that making a false statement to the police is a crime because she placed her signature above the warning notice; so what excuse would Kent’s Chief Constable come up with for not pursuing a prosecution against her?
Prepare to be amazed.
Apparently I have no right to make enquiries because I was not the victim of her criminal intent. Who do they think might have been?
Ingenious or what? You couldn’t make it up but Kent Police somehow managed it.