There were some comments about
yesterday’s revelation that the police, Bexley
council and the CPS have been conniving in secret to ’fix’ the Peter Craske
affair. A few were unable to find the email that gave the game away. Partially
my fault because I said, click the image, by which I meant the Police Mission
Statement immediately below. Later I added the picture of Bexley council leader
Teresa O’Neill cosying up to the Police and Crime Commissioner, Boris Johnson,
and clicking that did nothing. It does now, click on either image to see Tony
Gowen arranging to meet Bexley Chief Executive Will Tuckley who has no more
legitimate interest in the subject than for example, the News Shopper editor or
Craske’s employer, The Association of British Bookmakers.
By finding that email I seem to have thrown a spanner into the works for the current police investigating team. I was first told that the case would be wrapped up by Christmas, then by New Year and then before the end of last week. A few days ago I made it clear to them that their dirty dealings had become public and maybe that is why I have still heard nothing from them.
Another message from someone with experience of the workings of the Crown Prosecution Service told me “The CPS do not log cases by their own self-allocated case numbers, but by unique reference numbers that are set by the Police at the point at which suspects become formally investigated”.
That doesn’t line up with what DI Steve Underwood wrote on 18th October…
Sent: 18 October 2012 12:24
Subject: Hate Crime Cris 3906909/11
I appreciate your frustration however I anticipate that the examination of the items will be concluded soon.
The investigation will not receive a CPS case number until the point that the CPS advice is actually sought.
Until then the crime reference number is the only number used.
I will ensure that the officer in the case informs you of the case number as soon as one is obtained.
Stephen Underwood | Detective Inspector | Violent and Serious Crime Unit | Bexley Borough
The CPS case number is still unknown. Maybe we have another police fib to contemplate. Can anyone confirm the procedure with CPS reference numbers?