Put police in the dock over Nick investigation for 'unlawful' searches of VIP homes, former judge says

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Writing in the Daily Mail Sir Richard says: “I concluded in my review – and maintain the opinion – that the three search warrants authorising the searches of the homes of Lord Bramall, Lady Brittan and Harvey Proctor were obtained unlawfully.

“All three applications stated that Beech had remained consistent with his allegations. Beech had not been consistent.

“His allegations made to the Wiltshire Police in 2012 were fundamentally inconsistent with those he made to the Metropolitan Police in 2014 and with blogs published by Beech in 2014.”

Beech was last week was found guilty of 12 counts of perverting the course of justice and one count of fraud by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court, following a three month trial and was sentenced to 18 years in prison. 

Shortly after this the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced three officers accused of misconduct over search warrant applications had been cleared.

The IOPC said the officers, led by senior investigating officer detective chief inspector Diane Tudway, acted ‘with due diligence and in good faith at the time’.

Sir Richard adds: “Knowingly misleading a district judge is far more serious than mere misconduct.

“The IOPC should in my judgement have investigated whether a criminal act had been committed, and if so by whom. I was also surprised by the length of time taken to complete the IOPC investigation.”



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