TVP Press Office claim "tampering with evidence" #1

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Slough Times 01753-511911

When issuing E-fit pictures of persons wanted in connection to allegations of crime(s), the TVP Press Office appends these works

"Notes for editors:
To alter, add, tint , colour or change any details within this pictorial statement would amount tampering with evidence."

Source: Today's appeal following the kidnapping and rape of a 14 years-old girl on the way to her school.
http://thamesvalley.police.uk/newsevents...
[thamesvalley.police.uk/newsevents/newsevents-pressreleases/newsevents-pressreleases-item.htm?id=342934]

and without pictures on Chad News at http://u22.net/u25/u25p11.php?ref=2305
[u22.net/u25/u25p11.php?ref=2305]

(1) What is TVP's legal basis for its assertion of "tampering with evidence" if any of the E-fit pictures is slightly altered and then published ?

(2) If the publisher of an altered, or slightly altered, picture does not submit the altered image as "evidence" to anyone, how does TVP legally justify its claim of "tampering with evidence" ?

I'm baffled so please explain.

Thank you.

Mr Janik

Public Access, Thames Valley Police

Dear Mr Janik,

Thames Valley Police, Joint Information Management Unit acknowledge receipt of your email and will respond further in due course. Thank you for contacting Thames Valley Police.

Regards,
Sierra

Sierra Reid | Public Access Officer
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
Address Thames Valley Police HQ, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 2NX

Information Management Helpdesk:
Hampshire        [email address] / 02380479580 (internal 4631755)
Thames Valley   [email address] / 01865 846329 (internal 700 6329)

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Aide-mémoire:
Hampshire    http://intranet/NR/rdonlyres/D9A42CEC-16...
TVP                http://hqcdms/livelink/livelink.exe?func...

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Public Access, Thames Valley Police

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Dear Mr Janik,

Please see the attached response regarding your request.

Regards,
Sierra

Sierra Reid | Public Access Officer
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley Police
Address Thames Valley Police HQ, Oxford Road, Kidlington, Oxon OX5 2NX

Information Management Helpdesk:
Hampshire        [email address] / 02380479580 (internal 4631755)
Thames Valley   [email address] / 01865 846329 (internal 700 6329)

*** New security classifications are now live in Hampshire, Surrey, Sussex and Thames Valley ***

Aide-mémoire:
Hampshire    http://intranet/NR/rdonlyres/D9A42CEC-16...
TVP                http://hqcdms/livelink/livelink.exe?func...

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Slough Times 01753-511911

Thank you, most informative and useful.

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TVP answer:

...... However, in order to assist; an e-fit of a suspect is put together using the description given by a witness or an aggrieved party, in order to identify a suspect. If anyone were to amend this image other than the victim/witness, this would be considered tampering with evidence, which could come under a number of offences, such as Interfering with a Police Investigation or Attempting to Pervert the Course of Justice. Furthermore, if an e-fit is tampered with, and a suspect is identified as a result of the amendment, this could render the identification inadmissible or give grounds for an appeal. We trust this assists.

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