15 November 2016 – 733.2016-17 – Recordable Conduct referral made by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Chief Executive, to the IPCC
Following a hearing at the Court of Appeal on 18th March, 2015 concerning a rape, false imprisonment and sexual assault case investigated by North Yorkshire Police, and prosecuted at Teesside Crown Court in March 2014 (following lengthy delays from December 2012), judgment was handed down on 21st April. 2015. It can be read in full here:
The Lord Chief Justice was blistering in his condemnation of, amongst others, the Chief Constable of North Yorkshire Police. He described the force’s conduct as ‘reprehensible’.
The disclosure defects that led to the original trial being stopped were described as the “worst the trial judge, in 50 years as an advocate and senior judge, had ever seen”.
One of the victims was a serving North Yorkshire Police PCSO at the time of the assaults.
Accordingly, can you please provide the following information:
- A copy of the Recordable Conduct referral made by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Chief Executive, to the IPCC, concerning either (or both of) the Chief Constable’s or T/Chief Constable’s misconduct as highlighted by the Lord Chief Justice.
- Details of the mode of investigation decision made by the IPCC and provided to NYPCC.
- Operational codename given to the investigation (eg Cabin, Essence).
- Copy of the Terms of Reference.
- Name of the Gold Commander.
- Copy of the Investigation Outcome. It is accepted that this will be redacted to exclude personal information.
It is now apparent, from public disclosure made earlier today by the IPCC, that there was no recordable conduct referral arising from the Lord Chief Justice’s comments in R -v- DS & TS.
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1) I can confirm that there was no Recordable Conduct Referral made by the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Chief Executive, to the IPCC, concerning the alleged matter outlined above.
2 – 6) Not applicable, please see the answer to question 1.
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