Vera Baird Botching, whitewashing and or failing to properly record and investigate Martin McGartland complaints

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Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Martin McGartland

02 November 2018

Dear Association of Police and Crime Commissioners,

Vera Baird's resent public comments concerning complaints against the police, i.e. 'APCC’S RESPONSE TO THE INDEPENDENT OFFICE FOR POLICE CONDUCT’S COMPLAINTS REPORT' Which includes; APCC Deputy Lead for Transparency and Integrity, Dame Vera Baird QC PCC said:

“There is a simple concept when dealing with complaints, make sure they are dealt with efficiently, thoroughly and fairly – if the police have got it wrong, don’t be afraid to say so. Here in Northumbria, our complaints triage team have been delivering this ethos since 2014 – and it’s now part of the Governments new national model, so it’s proved to work. It’s about restoring the complainant’s faith in the service that they are complaining about.

“The IOPC make a number of valid points, but they need to recognise that change is happening and PCCs are leading this. Going forward, I want to see PCCs challenge their forces when bureaucracy and legal jargon gets in the way of putting the public first, in Northumbria we keep the public we serve at the heart of everything we do. “The IOPC are right when they say lessons need to be learnt from complaints – that’s the only way forces can get better. Every complaint should offer a challenge of how to improve further. Under the leadership of Mike Lockwood, I am confident that we will see a changed culture at the IOPC which will also be reflected in forces across England and Wales.”

Page link Here; http://www.apccs.police.uk/latest-news/a...

I have made a number of serious complaints to Vera Baird (PCC Northumbria) over the years which relate to very serious corruption, failures in my attempted murder investigation, serious failures regards me as victim, NP smear / dirty tricks campaign against me (and the ongoing 19 year cover up of it), NP protecting suspects from arrests as well as IRA terrorists who tried to murder me, obstruction of the investigations Etc

Vera Baird (as well as others acting on her behalf) have failed at every stage to properly record or investigate those complaints. This, I am clear, was to protect her corrupt force, officers who I complained about. All complaints were Whitewashed and covered up in one way or another by Vera Baird and Co. She also has very deliberately circumvented, when she was well aware my complaints were not suitable, local resolution (LR) so that no proper investigations (Again, I say, for above reasons) were ever carried out.

Vera Baird is much more aware than most that LR is not suitable - as with my complaints - (and as the IPCC/IOPC have made clear in one of their upheld latest decisions in my case against her) for complaints, if proven, could potentially lead to disciplinary proceedings. In their 13 September 2018 decision (in which they upheld my appeal against OPCC / PCC Baird) the IOPC / IPCC also stated; 'As far as I can be seen from the background papers , the OPCC has not made any enquiries or conducted any scoping exercise to ascertain whether there is any merit in your allegations that Mr Ashman was aware of the findings of the report and ignored them, nor any attempt made to ascertain how they can be 'resolved'. And the IPCC /IOPC also stated; 'Furthermore, importantly, there is no indication that OPCC has attempted to engage with you to take part in the local resolution process. Plus, no action plan on how to conduct the local resolution has been agreed between you. These are both essential actions expected of local resolution process, yet neither have been conducted.'

Vera Baird above public and following comments; “There is a simple concept when dealing with complaints, make sure they are dealt with efficiently, thoroughly and fairly.' Are pure Poppycock - not worth the paper they are written on so far as the way so, her office has deal with my complaints over the years. Has she dealt with my complaints 'efficiently' ? Absolutely Not. 'Thoroughly'? Absolutely Not. And not at all. 'Fairly.'? All she (others acting on her behalf) has done with my complaints is Cover Up, Whitewash and protect her corrupt force, the corrupt officers I complained about. And she (they) have also ignored evidence (including independent evidence) which supported my complaints.

Under the FOIA I would like to know how, if any, many complaints have been made against Vera Baird during past 2 years? I would like details of allegations, dates and outcomes if complaints. This request is for all complaints (including those which for whatever reason) we never recorded).

I am also requesting copies of all correspondence between Vera Baird (in her role with APCC) and IPCC / IOPC as well as the new CE Mr Lockwood. I would like this part of the request to cover the previous 12 months.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

APCCS Enquiries, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Thank you for your email to the Association of Police and Crime
Commissioners. Please accept this email as an acknowledgement of receipt.

 

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners is the national
membership body for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), and other local
policing bodies across England and Wales. We help PCCs to provide national
leadership and influence change in the policing and criminal justice
landscape. As such, it is not part of our role to respond to complaints
regarding Police Forces, or Police and Crime Commissioners.

 

If you would like to make a suggestion or a complaint about how your local
area is policed, you should contact your local PCC. You can find your
local PCC [1]here. 

 

If you would like to make a complaint about either police officers or
staff working for a police force, then please visit the Independent Police
Complaints Commission [2]website. 

 

If you would like to make a complaint about your local Police & Crime
Commissioner, you will need to contact the Police & Crime Panel for your
area. Information on this will be provided by your local council.

 

If we are otherwise able to respond to your enquiry, we will endeavour to
get back to you within 20 working days. 

The APCC is a transparent organisation and complies with the new Data
Protection Regulations. More information about the sort of personal data
we hold, our purpose and lawful basis for doing so and who we share
personal information with can be found in our privacy statement [3]here.
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you have the right to object to us processing your personal information.
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It is also very relevant to place on record Vera Baird's resent public comments concerning complaints against the police, i.e. 'APCC’S RESPONSE TO THE INDEPENDENT OFFICE FOR POLICE CONDUCT’S COMPLAINTS REPORT' Which includes; APCC Deputy Lead for Transparency and Integrity, Dame Vera Baird QC PCC said:

“There is a simple concept when dealing with complaints, make sure they are dealt with efficiently, thoroughly and fairly – if the police have got it wrong, don’t be afraid to say so. Here in Northumbria, our complaints triage team have been delivering this ethos since 2014 – and it’s now part of the Governments new national model, so it’s proved to work. It’s about restoring the complainant’s faith in the service that they are complaining about.

“The IOPC make a number of valid points, but they need to recognise that change is happening and PCCs are leading this. Going forward, I want to see PCCs challenge their forces when bureaucracy and legal jargon gets in the way of putting the public first, in Northumbria we keep the public we serve at the heart of everything we do. “The IOPC are right when they say lessons need to be learnt from complaints – that’s the only way forces can get better. Every complaint should offer a challenge of how to improve further. Under the leadership of Mike Lockwood, I am confident that we will see a changed culture at the IOPC which will also be reflected in forces across England and Wales.”

Page link Here; http://www.apccs.police.uk/latest-news/a...

I have made a number of serious complaints to Vera Baird over the years which relate to very serious corruption, failures in my attempted murder investigation, serious failures regards me as victim, NP smear / dirty tricks campaign against me (and the ongoing 19 year cover up of it), NP protecting suspects from arrests as well as IRA terrorists who tried to murder me, obstruction of the investigations Etc

Vera Baird (as well as others acting on her behalf) have failed at every stage to properly record or investigate those complaints. This, I am clear, was to protect her corrupt force, officers who I complained about. All complaints were Whitewashed and covered up in one way or another by Vera Baird and Co. She also has very deliberately circumvented, when she was well aware my complaints were not suitable, local resolution (LR) so that no proper investigations (Again, I say, for above reasons) were ever carried out.

Vera Baird is much more aware than most that LR is not suitable - as with my complaints - (and as the IPCC/IOPC have made clear in one of their upheld latest decisions in my case against her) for complaints, if proven, could potentially lead to disciplinary proceedings. In their 13 September 2018 decision (in which they upheld my appeal against OPCC / PCC Baird) the IOPC / IPCC also stated; 'As far as I can be seen from the background papers , the OPCC has not made any enquiries or conducted any scoping exercise to ascertain whether there is any merit in your allegations that Mr Ashman was aware of the findings of the report and ignored them, nor any attempt made to ascertain how they can be 'resolved'. And the IPCC /IOPC also stated; 'Furthermore, importantly, there is no indication that OPCC has attempted to engage with you to take part in the local resolution process. Plus, no action plan on how to conduct the local resolution has been agreed between you. These are both essential actions expected of local resolution process, yet neither have been conducted.'

Vera Baird above public and following comments; “There is a simple concept when dealing with complaints, make sure they are dealt with efficiently, thoroughly and fairly.' Are pure Poppycock - not worth the paper they are written on so far as the way so, her office has deal with my complaints over the years. Has she dealt with my complaints 'efficiently' ? Absolutely Not. 'Thoroughly'? Absolutely Not. And not at all. 'Fairly.'? All she (others acting on her behalf) has done with my complaints is Cover Up, Whitewash and protect her corrupt force, the corrupt officers I complained about. And she (they) have also ignored evidence (including independent evidence) which supported my complaints.

Martin McGartland (Account suspended)

Dear Association of Police and Crime Commissioners,

You should have, in law, answered this FOI request by 3 December 2018. Would you please answer this request without further delay.

Yours faithfully,

Martin McGartland

APCCS Enquiries, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Thank you for your email to the Association of Police and Crime
Commissioners. Please accept this email as an acknowledgement of receipt.

 

The Association of Police and Crime Commissioners is the national
membership body for Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs), and other local
policing bodies across England and Wales. We help PCCs to provide national
leadership and influence change in the policing and criminal justice
landscape. As such, it is not part of our role to respond to complaints
regarding Police Forces, or Police and Crime Commissioners.

 

If you would like to make a suggestion or a complaint about how your local
area is policed, you should contact your local PCC. You can find your
local PCC [1]here. 

 

If you would like to make a complaint about either police officers or
staff working for a police force, then please visit the Independent Police
Complaints Commission [2]website. 

 

If you would like to make a complaint about your local Police & Crime
Commissioner, you will need to contact the Police & Crime Panel for your
area. Information on this will be provided by your local council.

 

If we are otherwise able to respond to your enquiry, we will endeavour to
get back to you within 20 working days. 

The APCC is a transparent organisation and complies with the new Data
Protection Regulations. More information about the sort of personal data
we hold, our purpose and lawful basis for doing so and who we share
personal information with can be found in our privacy statement [3]here.
The GDPR gives you new rights about what happens to your personal data and
you have the right to object to us processing your personal information.
Information on how to do this is included in our privacy statement.

References

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1. http://www.apccs.police.uk/find-your-pcc/
2. https://www.ipcc.gov.uk/
3. http://www.apccs.police.uk/wp-content/up...

APCCS Enquiries, Association of Police and Crime Commissioners

Dear Mr McGartland,

Thank you for your emails, apologies for the delay in our reply.

With regard to your request, the APCC does not process complaints regarding PCCs - this is a function that will be discharged through the Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) or the Police and Crime Panel locally (information on which will be available through your local authority). Therefore we do not have the information that you have requested with regard to complaints.

Additionally, within the last 12 months we are not aware of any correspondence between Dame Vera Baird QC and the IOPC (formerly IPCC) in relation to her national role as the Deputy Lead for Transparency and Integrity, so we do not hold any information in this regard.

Kind regards,

APCC Secretariat

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Nortrhumbria Police Corruption to protect IRA terrorists who tried to murder Martin McGartland. THe PIRA terrorists have been (continue to be) protected by Norethumbria Police, Winton Keenen and Team Winton.

See Here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjqphnDx...

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Northumbria Police Corruption and Cover Ups in the Martin McGartland cases: See Here: https://www.google.co.uk/search?ei=p8IbX...

Here: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Northu...

And Here: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=Northu...

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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...

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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...