On Monday, the SKWAWKBOX revealed the news that a serving Chief Constable of a UK police force has been accused of complicity in serious child sexual abuse.
In spite of police interviewing the officer under caution and taking many hours of evidence around nine months ago from a victim who identified the officer, as well as from a survivors’ charity head and a serving MP who supported the victim through the identification process, no action has yet been taken.
And the Chief Constable is still in post.
Within hours of the publication of the article, the Daily Mail contacted charity head and former panel member on the government’s child abuse inquiry, Sharon Evans, in an attempt to persuade her to give them the story – thereby showing the credibility of the reports.
The Mail claimed to know the identity of the victim – and that the National Crime Agency (NCA) is now denying that the officer is under investigation. This is not the same as saying that the officer was not interviewed – and the ‘newspaper’ would not be so interested in pursuing the story if the situation were not still ‘live’.
However, if true this would raise serious concerns given the fact that the Crown Prosecution Service’s promised decision on prosecution has been promised and delayed many times, most recently at the end of July, and is supposedly still to be reached.
But it’s also possible that this claim was merely a ruse by a pushy journalist – who Ms Evans says also attempted to pressure her into revealing more information. If you wanted to extract the name of the accused officer and were not worried about honesty, claiming the police had denied the existence of the case would be a good way to try to manipulate a witness into revealing it, to justify the assertion that there is a case.
So at least one publication is acknowledging that the account has enough substance to merit investigation – enough to demonstrate considerable persistence in its attempts to get the details.
Of course, the irony that the Mail – which has falsely accused the SKWAWKBOX of making false claims – is clearly monitoring this blog’s articles and treating them as credible is not lost on the SKWAWKBOX nor on Ms Evans. But it’s not the first publication to act similarly – and far from the first to follow the SKWAWKBOX’s lead on breaking news.
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