Documentary investigates official report into conduct of Cleveland Police detective (From The Northern Echo)
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Documentary investigates official report into conduct of Cleveland Police detective
A BBC documentary tonight (Monday, October 21) investigates the implications of an official report into the conduct of Cleveland Police.
As revealed in The Northern Echo in May, the investigation recently cost the force £500,000 in damages after it admitted to acting illegally.
Inside Out North East and Cumbria has seen a copy of a leaked Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) report.
The flawed investigation into Bronson Tyers, which resulted in the arrest of his solicitor James Watson, started to unravel with the disclosure of a key piece of evidence that was with held during his trials for kidnap.
A damning report from the Independent Police Complaints Commission described the discovery, in May 2011, as a 'watershed' moment - seven years after the alleged kidnap took place.
As a result of the discovery, investigators from West Yorkshire Police said "all the mistakes, incompetence and alleged dishonesty of the Operation Bungalow and Atterbury teams started to unfold".
The IPCC report examines the conduct of the officer in charge, Chief Inspector Anthony Riordan.
Speaking on the show, Cleveland Chief Constable Jacqui Cheer said: “When people get to see the report they’ll see there were mistakes made, lines of enquiry that were missed there were other things that could have been done.”
In the wake of their inquiry the IPCC recommended that Cleveland Police consider suspending Chief Inspector Riordan. Instead, he was retired on a full pension.
Mr Riordan declined to be interviewed for the programme, but said in a statement: “I strongly refute any allegation that I acted with anything other than professionalism, honesty and integrity. I simply followed what was a complex evidential trail.”
The programme will be broadcast at 7.30pm tonight. (MON)
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