Sunday, 21 April 2013

Corruption Revealed in Private Reports of Key Police Officers

"As everyone who follows the case will know, during the past eighteen months I’ve been cross referencing every aspect of the evidence, hunting out all of the anomalies within the case documentation and I would like to thank everyone who has been helping me do all of this work. Between our team we have read, reviewed, examined and made an assessment of almost three and a half million pages of case material.  All the necessary work has been completed and we have the answers to all of the outstanding questions that remained after the last review of the evidence by the Criminal Cases Review Commission.

It was surprising and quite unexpected to have discovered the truth about police corruption in this case, which was extensively documented in the private notes and reports written by Former DCI Ainsley, DS Jones and DI Miller. 

Originally the only documents provided to the Defence were just signed witness statements and a transcript of their trial testimony. I was lucky enough to be given every possible piece of paperwork that related to every one of the investigations into the case that took place between 1985 and 2013 – although still excluding much of the original case number. We are still missing all sorts of documents and photographs, but the fact that Essex Police have withheld this list of materials says more about how corrupt they still are, than it does about the evidence that they think is still being completely concealed from us.

For example there is no witness statement from a forensic ‘Scenes of Crime’ police officer who arrived at White House Farm at 9:16am on the morning of the 7th of August 1985. He entered the house and left the scene at 12:50 but Essex police have failed to tell the courts over the years that a police officer was stationed on Pages Lane recording details of everyone who arrived at the farm, their rank and the police station they were from (if they were police officers). The courts were also not told that two officers were tasked with listing every person, both police and civilian who entered the house between 07:35 and 09:58. All of these people were required to give elimination fingerprints and to give details about the rooms they entered, what they moved or touched and the reasons they entered the house that day.  

This particular forensic officer had been based at Chelmsford HQ and is now known to have been part of the team who forensically examined the house on the 7th of August 1985. The simple fact that this officer made no statements and has left hardly any trace of his existence in the case, suggests that his presence was concealed for a reason – although what this reason was is unknown. The jury were entitled to know about his actions inside the house, including any evidence he gathered, his role that day and a statement of his actions and any further actions he carried out as a result of his work at the scene.

It was also a surprise to discover that various key witnesses, police and civilians, wrote out statements in draft form which were then altered and corrected with key material omitted which would have aided my Defence. For example one of my cousins and one of the scenes of crimes police officers wrote five different draft statements before the final copy was made. These particular statements are full of conflicting versions of events revealing how Essex Police created witnesses statements to tally with pieces of evidence they wanted to make significant in the case so that circumstances surrounding the evidence were ficticiously constructed.

It is not possible to go into closer detail about the evidence we now have about all of the above and many other issues, but had the Chief Crown Prosecutor known a fraction of this evidence then he would not have agreed to me being arrested and charged. Eventually every aspect of this case will be public including details about how the jury were misled into believing the house was not securely locked when they were presented with photographs taken after the initial SOCO photographing of the house aided with inaccurate evidence from police and my cousins.

It is only because former police officers kept their personal notes and files from being destroyed illegally in 1996 that we are able to piece together the information into the bigger picture. Some officers were not all bad, just stupid because we now have the proof of how the jury was completely misled by the police investigation in my case."


Jeremy Bamber

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