Martin McGartland complaints against Chief Constable Winton Keenen MUST be investigated by outside police force IOPC/IPCC tells Vera Baird

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

22 February 2019

Dear Vera Baird,

The IOPC / IPCC have UPHELD my appeal against your use of local resolution regards my serious complaints against your Chief Constable (Winton Keenen). You (ACC Bacon) circumvented local resolution, which the IOPC/IPCC confirmed was not suitable - as I had also maintained throughout but which you ignored) and then BOTCHED and WHITEWASHED my complaints, the 'investigation' to cover up and protect Winton Keenen.

The IOPC/IPCC have stated that you (Vera Baird / OPCC Northumbria) MUST carry out a local investigation BUT that the investigation MUST be carried out by an OUTSIDE police force and NOT by Northumbria Police.

The IOPC/IPCC also stated in their decision letter to me that; "You also make reference to bias and conflict of interest on the part of the AA Vera Baird, You, allege Ms Baird and CC Keenen sit on a board of trustees, but I need to point out conflict/bias is a matter for the AA to consider." You (Vera Baird) and Winton Keenen are two of the member on 'The Board of Trustees' This is a link to the page which shows both of you and the other board members/ trustees: https://victimsfirstnorthumbria.org.uk/a... trustees You could not make it up.

Under the FOIA 2000 I would like to know;

1. Which external police force will be investigating the complaints against Winton Keenen?

2. Will the complaints by external force be investigated by an ACPO officer (ACC - same level as ACC Bacon), DCC or a CC. If not, please explain why not?

I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

22 February 2019

Dear Vera Baird,

I have just been informed by IOPC/IPCC that; "Mr McGartland, I have established that Northumbria PCC have challenged my decision and so there may be a delay whilst this takes place. My Senior Manager has already responded to them via our Director General Mr Lockwood. In relation to the information I provided you earlier, the matter does now have to be investigated by another force but it does not need to be by an ACPO rank, I was incorrect in relation to that."

As well as the above information I have requested in my previous request of today I would also like further information and documents under FOIA 2000;

a. Copy of your, OPCC Northumbria letter/s to IOPC/IPCC which relate to above, IOPC/IPCC decision being 'challenged', reasons and grounds for that . Fyi, it is my understanding that an IOPC/IPCC decision is FINAL and can only be challenged and overturned by the court.

b. Copy of IOPC/IPCC letters, emails (as above) to you, your office by Director General Mr Lockwood, his office, staff and or any 'Senior Manager/s' concerning this matter.

I look forward to your reply.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Thank you for your email.

We are currently awaiting further advice from the IOPC and will not be in a position to comment further until this is received.

In relation to your FOI below -

1 - No information held.

2 - No information held.

Yours sincerely

Scott

Scott Duffy
Director of Governance and Communication.
Office of Police & Crime Commissioner – Northumbria Police.

Victory House
Balliol Business Park
Benton Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 8EW

0191 221 9800

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

25 February 2019

Dear Vera Baird,

You claim that 'No information held' regards this request. However, you will see from the above that the IOPC/IPCC have stated that you, your office wrote to CE Lockwood and or the IOPC / IPCC and they have replied to you. Please deal with this request and comply with DPA 2018 (law) and within the required time limit.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Gadawodd Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Vera Baird (QC and PCC Northumbria) and ACC Rachel Bacon (of Northumbria Police) Cover up / Whitewash document to PROTECT Winton Keenen - Martin McGartland case

Vera Baird / ACC Bacon BOTCHED and Circumvented local resolution (LR) "investigation" to protect CC Winton Keenen - when they were both aware that LR was "not suitable for local resolution. The Vera Baird / ACC FLAWED and WHITEWASH decision was appeal to IOPC/IPCC and it was UPHELD. The IOPC/IPCC have ordered that Vera Baird investigate the complaints against Winton Keenen BUT that the investigation is carred out by an "external force" and "not" by Vera Baird, any of CC Winton Keenen's officers / force....

Click on the link to READ in full the BOTCHED Vera Baird / ACC Bacon report;
https://www.scribd.com/document/40049268...

Enquiries, Northumbria Police and Crime Commissioner

Dear Sir,

The FOI you submitted was -

You appear to have omitted the questions you originally asked, for clarity I have copied them below.

"Under the FOIA 2000 I would like to know;

1. Which external police force will be investigating the complaints against Winton Keenen?

2. Will the complaints by external force be investigated by an ACPO officer (ACC - same level as ACC Bacon), DCC or a CC. If not, please explain why not?"

In relation to FOI point 1 this is a question - therefore no information is held.

In relation to FOI point 2 this is a question - therefore no information is held.

FOI requests are about information held, in relation to 1 and 2 no information is held.

Yours sincerely

Scott

Scott Duffy
Director of Governance and Communication.
Office of Police & Crime Commissioner – Northumbria Police.

Victory House
Balliol Business Park
Benton Lane
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE12 8EW

0191 221 9800

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Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

28 February 2019

Dear Scott and Vera,

You claim that I appear to have omitted details from my request (which you know is not true) ...

For your information (not that it is needed due to above) this is a link to my request; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m... which includes my request, all other messages between myself you, your office.

You will clearly see that In my previous email I included the word (above) to refer to my request. I know you will never say sorry ... too busy breaching the DPA and delaying my DPA request by months (when by law you should deal with requests in 1 month).

Here's' the link again Vera 'Turn a blind-eye' Baird (when it concerns me, my cases) just to ensure that you don't miss the link above;; https://www.whatdotheyknow.com/request/m...

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

28 February 2019

Dear Vera Baird,

I will amend my FOI request as a result of what you, your office informed me in your previous. This amended request relates to the matter (as above) of the IOPC/IPCC decision that you have been ordered to refer my complaints against CC Winton Keenen to an external police force for investigation. And the IOPC/IPCC also made it clear that you, NP (Winton Keenen's officers / PSD) can not investigate my complaints.

Under the FOIA 2000 I would like you to sully me with copies of emails, letters relating to;

1. Contact by you, OPCC Northumbria to external police force concerning this matter as well as all replies from them.

2. The same documents / information, as in 1 above, and which to to above (my overall request) but between you, OPCC Northumbria and the IOPC/IPCC as well as their replies.

Please also pass a copy of this message to the external force who will be investigating CC Winton Keenen so that they can be aware that I have NEW independent evidence which I want to share with them and which relates to my complaint against Winton Keenen.

I await your reply to this request.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif)

Martin McGartland

28 February 2019

Dear Vera Baird,

Fyi... part 2 of my above previous request is for:

2. The same documents / information, as in 1 above, and which relate to my above request (my overall request) but between you, OPCC Northumbria and the IOPC/IPCC as well as their replies.

Yours sincerely,

Martin McGartland

Gadawodd Martin McGartland (Ataliwyd y cyfrif) anodiad ()

Corrupt Northumbria Police (and its useless and also Corrupt Crime Department) in the news again:
"Police failings shock: Blunders see gang accused of trafficking and raping girls walk free
Northumbria Police's Operation Optic, an investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable girls, has ended in embarrassing failure" Link to story; https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nor...

And yet Dame Vera Baird, the queen of self promotion and photo opportunities, is no where to be seen ...

The Story Text:

Police failings shock: Blunders see gang accused of trafficking and raping girls walk free
Northumbria Police's Operation Optic, an investigation into the sexual abuse and exploitation of vulnerable girls, has ended in embarrassing failure

Evening Chronicle - By Rob Kennedy,
18:00, 7 MAR 2019

Police failings have led to the dramatic collapse of a series of trials against a group of men accused of trafficking, grooming and raping girls in Newcastle.

A number of people were charged with extremely serious offences as part of Northumbria Police's Operation Optic, which involved allegations of vulnerable girls being sexually exploited and abused.

Reporting restrictions have meant we were unable to report anything about the cases until a series of three trials were complete.

The first trial has been taking place at Newcastle Crown Court since January but, we can now reveal, has been beset with problems and five separate juries have been sworn in to try the case.

However, it has now emerged that police failings on how evidence was recorded, secured and disclosed to defence teams left prosecutors with no alternative but to drop the case against all defendants.

As a result, all of those who were standing trial or were due to stand trial, have been acquitted of all charges and walked free.

It is estimated the police blunders will have cost taxpayers huge sums after the four-year investigation ended in embarrassing failure.

Police said they have apologised to the complainants in the case and are carrying out a review.

Chief Superintendent Scott Hall, head of Northumbria Police’s safeguarding department, said: “First and foremost, I want to acknowledge the bravery of the victims in these cases and we remain committed to ensuring they receive any support they may require.

"We have visited each to apologise for police failings which resulted in the cases not going ahead at court.

"These centred around how some evidence had been secured without meeting strict guidelines governing investigations.

"We will now conduct a review to understand how the failings occurred and it would therefore be inappropriate to comment any further at this stage.”

It is understood that, independent of the wider review, Northumbria Police's professional standards department are conducting an investigation and if any misconduct issues are identified as a result, these will be addressed appropriately.

Operation Optic came about as a result of Operation Sanctuary, for which seventeen men and one woman were jailed in 2017 for the sexual abuse and exploitation of girls and young women in Newcastle.

The case against the men who had been on trial since January collapsed on Monday but we had to wait until the charges were dropped against the other defendants before we could report what had happened.

On Monday, trial judge Robert Adams told jurors: "There has been a significant development in this court.

"The prosecution have a duty to review the case continually during the trial, against each defendant.

"In respect of counts where there is no evidence at all, you have already returned not guilty verdicts.

"In respect of the remaining counts, there was some evidence given by the complainant to you but in respect of each allegation, you may have concluded there were some problems concerning the evidence given by (the complainant).

"During last week a number of officers were cross-examined about the investigation process in relation to the recording of inquiries made, or, as the case may be, not made.

"The investigation must be transparent and must be fair.

"There must be integrity and the process must be able to stand up to scrutiny.

"Very properly, prosecutors have reviewed the case and concluded there is no reasonable prospect of a proper conviction in respect of any individual."

The judge directed the jury to find the men not guilty on all charges.

A CPS spokesperson said: “During the course of this trial, it emerged that some of the evidence in these cases had not been secured in accordance with the strict guidelines governing police investigations.

“Given the significance of the issues that came to light, there was no longer a realistic prospect of securing a conviction in each case and the Crown took the appropriate decision to formally offer no evidence against the defendants.”
The link to Story: https://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/news/nor...