Yesterday morning, UKIP leader and Stoke Central parliamentary candidate Paul Nuttall told BBC Radio 5 that he had spent ‘more than 3 hours’ giving a statement on his alleged experiences at the Hillsborough tragedy to police officers of Operation Resolve, the criminal investigation into the unlawful deaths of 96 Liverpool fans.
The SKWAWKBOX has enquiries in with Greater Manchester Police’s press officer about the nature and duration of the statement and their curious description of his visit as ‘he met the criteria for giving a statement’, but evidence has emerged this morning that calls into question the veracity of any information Mr Nuttall included in his statement.
In 2010, then-UKIP Press Officer Mark Croucher took Greg Lance-Watkins of the then-named Caterpillars and Butterflies blog (now Eukup vs UKIP) to court for allegedly violating copyright by his use of an image of Nigel Farage, claiming a punitive sum of around £100,000.
Mr Croucher lost the case and the judge awarded Mr Lance-Watkins £13,000 including all his costs – a sum for which he is still waiting seven years later. The lawyers’ ‘note of judgment’ on the judge’s decision to ‘strike down’ Mr Croucher’s case can be found here.
However, of primary interest to us today is that then-UKIP Chairman Paul Nuttall submitted a statement in support of Mr Croucher’s case – a statement which the judge called ‘implausible‘.
If Paul Nuttall is prepared to submit a statement that the judge considered incredible, unbelievable, in a sworn document to a court of law, why should – how can – we believe that any statement he made to Operation Resolve is reliable and not a desperate attempt to restore his image by doing something he should have done decades ago if his claim to have been at Hillsborough was genuine?
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