Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Who’s calling the shots?

In our post of 21 November 2007 we brought to your attention the fact that, in July last year, we had sent an email to the Specialist Crime Unit in the Metropolitan Police, a copy of which we are now publishing below:
Sent: Thursday, July 19, 2007 3:11 PM
Subject: FV Gaul Investigation
Dear Sir,
I refer to our complaint of 19 March 2007 on the subject of the FV Gaul Investigation and the documents subsequently submitted to you.
We would be grateful if you could send us an email/letter advising whether the additional evidence supplied to you by email on 24 April, and during our meeting of 25 April, together with the extra information published on our website ( & before and after these dates, is sufficient for you to launch and investigation, or you would still like us to arrange the submission of further clarifications.
Many thanks and kind regards,
Four more emails were sent in the following four months, emails that apparently were never received.
At the end of October, after a promise for a timely reply to our query, the detective in charge disappeared from our radar.
However, in December last year, when I eventually managed to get in touch with him again, I was promised that a reply would be forthcoming in early January 2008.
Worried about their prolonged silence and after another unanswered email, yesterday, I telephoned the Police and thus found out that, six months after we had first posed the question, the Met was still unable to offer us a reply.
It appears that the heads of the Met, who, by the laws of hierarchy, are granted the power to decide on such matters, or maybe their superiors, have not yet decided what to do in the Gaul case; and whatever they may be thinking now they will not put in writing.
Do any political bodies have their fingers in this?
Almost as intriguingly it was to hear that the Fraud Squad detectives couldn’t access our blog since their web-surfing is constrained by a parental firewall.
To view frivolous sites like ours, they need, it seems, to follow a bureaucratic procedure: that is to apply for and obtain special approvals from above.
This, to my untrained ears, sounded rather baffling, considering the fact that, amongst other offences, they also deal with Internet fraud.
Well, with the money they get, I’m surprised they are still there.

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