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The media again focused on an alleged police rapist

MORE details about the atrocious alleged behaviour of serving police officers, have AGAIN focused attention on the actions of some at South Wales Police (SWP).

In one, ANOTHER officer at the UK’s largest force, stands accused of rape. PC Jorden Brown of the Metropolitan Police (Met) has appeared in court charged with one count of rape as well as three of actual bodily harm, but indicated that he was not guilty, and was released on bail. Detectives launched a major investigation after the alleged offences were reported in October 2019, and he was suspended from duty. There is due to be a further court hearing in two days time.

Southwark crown court where a police officer stood trial for sexual assault

In a further case, a Met officer was accused of sexually assaulting a woman in her home after being called there to search for her abusive ex-partner.

The officer was on duty and in full uniform when he allegedly kissed the woman before sucking her breast in May 2020Southwark Crown Court heard that the alleged assault took place after the man offered to search the woman’s house for her abusive ex-partner while his colleague sat in the car outside.

‘Bastard Dave…’

These alarming headlines follow information coming to light concerning the Met harbouring serial rapist David Carrick (known as ‘bastard Dave’ to colleagues) who had assaulted dozens of women over almost two decades, but was only finally sacked the DAY AFTER his court case, when he’d been a convicted rapist FOR HOURS! Journalists have disclosed that NINE opportunities to stop him were missed by the Met.

Carrick was given 36 life sentences at Southwark Crown Court, and will spend at least the next 30 years in prison for his 17-year crime spree. He pleaded guilty to 85 serious offences including 48 rapes against 12 women.

But there were others before him – shocking figures obtained by The Observer showed roughly one in 100 police officers in England and Wales faced criminal charges, including for sexual offences, last year alone.

The data also suggested that the number of officers facing criminal charges has skyrocketed by 590 per cent since 2012.

The news featured as the paper’s front page lead story at the weekend.

In a television interview, one of Carrick’s victims who is also a serving police officer, said:  “The culture was if you reported something like that it would label you more than them. I refused to go through my career as the woman who alleges rape”.

Sir Mark Rowley said the police had let people down

Before the case hit the news, the Commissioner of the Met, Sir Mark Rowley, admitted his force was also investigating at least 800 of 35,000 officers, over allegations of racism and misogyny, and that more than one in every 50 of his officers had been taken off frontline duties while they were being probed. 16 officers have been convicted.

Sisters who were murdered, and police officer who took selfies

This admission by Sir Mark came as it was revealed that one of his officers, PC Bonnie Murphy, was facing dismissal from the force after she allegedly asked for a picture of a decomposing corpse, so that she could “share it with her mother”. She may have received the shocking image from fellow officer Jamie Lewis, who was later jailed for posing for selfies next to two murdered sisters.

Sarah Everard with her police officer murderer Wayne Couzens

The Met was placed in ‘special measures’ after a litany of “systemic” failings like this. Tens of thousands of crimes also went unrecorded and there have been errors in stop and search. Apart from recent scandals, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), has emphasised a series of others – from the murder of Sarah Everard by the serving Met officer Wayne Couzens, the strip-searching of innocent children, stop and search controversies such as that of the champion athlete Bianca Williams, and offensive attitudes among officials shown by racist messages exchanged between officers at Charing Cross Police Station. It also noted the “seemingly incomprehensible failures to recognise and treat appropriately a series of suspicious deaths…”.

The police missed opportunities to stop Couzens

It has emerged that the police missed a number of chances to stop Couzens. He even admitted exposing himself at a McDonald’s days before Ms Everard’s abduction, rape and murder.

This was one of at least FOUR incidents of indecent exposure, involving Couzens which were reported to the police.

Now it has been divulged that two officers are to face misconduct cases. A Met police constable will be in one formal hearing, and a Kent Police sergeant is also to be asked serious questions, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has declared.

LOTS of failings by police officers have been reported

The awful headlines strike nearer to home in Wales too. Ex-SWP Sergeant David Meller was banned from the force, after he was found to have used inappropriate language and behaviour towards female colleagues, as well as a teenage detainee in the custody suite. He swore at a 15 year old girl and used sexual references to women in front of her.

After the official disciplinary hearing which followed, officialese language was used by SWP to describe what had happened: ‘Mr Meller had breached the standards of professional behaviour, namely authority, respect and courtesy, showed discreditable conduct, and failed to challenge inappropriate behaviour’. He was to be added to the ‘Barring List’, preventing him from returning to the profession.

So it is obvious that all is not well with police services, and that investigations after unsavoury evidence (alleged or otherwise) of officers’ behaviour, are (to use Sir Mark’s word) weak, as well as taking FAR too long. On average 400 days are spent resolving allegations of misconduct, and at the end, less than one per cent of officers involved in two or more cases are sacked.

For the police in Wales, reports of investigations into claims of intolerance among officers, are the last thing they need.

Gwent Police face allegations of racism, misogyny and homophobia

A police watchdog is also looking into contentions of racism and misogyny in another force – Gwent Police (GP), as well as homophobia. The Independent Office of Police Conduct (IOPC) has said that the behaviour of three serving GP officers is being examined, and it would keep the involvement of other officers under review. It’s alleged that they had sent messages, first reported by the Sunday Times (ST), showing evidence of corruption within the force.

Andrew RT Davies was angry

The Welsh Conservative (WC) leader in the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru (WP/SC) Andrew RT Davies wrote to the Home Secretary, Suella Braverman, asking her to intervene at GP, and has declared that he fears there is deep “rot” in the force. But condemnation has come from all sides of politics, and the Welsh Liberal Democrats (WLD) have questioned whether the Welsh Labour (WL) Police and Crime Commissioner for Gwent, Jeff Cuthbert, should remain in post.

Readers were told of a ‘toxic blue line’

In the report by the ST headlined “The Toxic Blue Line”, it was published about GP: “There are industrial levels of abuse, racism and potential corruption”. Officers made sick, so-called, ‘jokes’. The paper said that phone records show they had ‘joked’ about sending Jimmy Savile to rescue Thai schoolboys trapped in a cave, and swapped nude pictures of a female footballer. It said there had been “exposed a toxic culture of corruption, racism (and) homophobia in Gwent police force”.

Phil with Mike O’Brien, one of those wrongly convicted, at the Media Conference calling for an investigation into the actions of South Wales Police

But these extraordinary disclosures put centre stage other worrying incidents at GP’s neighbouring force, (SWP), which add to the outrage following the Meller affair.

There has been a string of miscarriage of justice cases on its watch, and a Media Conference (MC), was held last year (at which our Editor, Phil Parry, spoke) calling for a judicial inquiry to uncover the truth about what happened (which has now been refused). Following the MC some then marched to the Welsh Parliament/Senedd Cymru (WP/SC), and Welsh Government (WG) buildings to demand action, with several senior politicians backing a Statement of Opinion to support the calls for an inquiry.

Mike O’Brien, with Jonathan Jones and Annette Hewins – who were all jailed wrongly

These actions underscored demands for the legal investigation into the number of miscarriages in the 1980s, ’90s, and 2000s including: The Cardiff Three (Five), The Cardiff Newsagent Three, The Darvell Brothers, Jonathan Jones (The Tooze Murders), as well as Annette Hewins.

However this shameful list does NOT have on it all those innocent people, who were convicted of less important crimes, yet who now have a record which will affect them for the rest of their lives, and there is a powerful argument for getting rid of SWP completely.

Phil has spoken out

Phil emphasised the disturbing fact that areas with a greater population, have FEWER police forces. “It is ridiculous that in a population of 3.1 million people we in Wales have FOUR forces, he told The Eye. “Scotland is much bigger, but only has ONE. London has almost nine million people yet has just TWO (including the Met)Think of the public money that is wasted duplicating resources, to pay fat salaries to all those Assistant Chief Constables, and Chief Constables!”.

Phil on one of the TV programmes exposing police activities

At the MC, Phil said to the audience that he was regularly approached by solicitors during the 1990s, who said the police were doing bad things, and that something had to be done. On one occasion he was told to put away his notebook because he was informed that no record should be made of the conversation. He also described how other forces had been put in ‘special measures’ (including The Met), but that this was the least that should be done with SWP.

The MC was organised by one of those wrongly convicted after a flawed investigation by its officers, (Mike O’Brien, of the so-called Cardiff Newsagent Three). Mr O’Brien talked movingly about how his health had been badly affected after he spent 11 years inside prison, for a crime he did not commit. He told The Eye earlier: “My health has been ruined, and there has been long-lasting damage. My miscarriage of justice case has caused a huge family rift”. Mr O’Brien, who is now in his fifties, was jailed wrongly in 1988 for the killing of Cardiff newsagent, Phillip Saunders.

Murderer Jeffrey Gafoor and photofit the police had originally

Another who spoke emotionally of what had happened to him, was John Actie, one of the Cardiff Three/Five. He was accused of involvement in the murder of 20-year-old Lynette White, who was viciously killed in James Street in what is now known as Cardiff Bay. Three BLACK men had been convicted of the murder (although FIVE, including Mr Actie, were put on trial), when one WHITE man (Jeffrey Gafoor) was finally caught years later through DNA analysis. He confessed to carrying out the terrible 1988 murder, and even apologised, through his barrister, to the others who had been incorrectly jailed.

The Cardiff Three. Three BLACK men were convicted of murder (although FIVE were accused of committing it), but one WHITE man actually did it

The five innocent men, were arrested in December 1988 after detectives had been on the case for 10 months, and were pursuing a suspect seen nearby (who looked EXACTLY like Mr Gafoor), minutes following the murder. But when SWP changed the investigating team, and pressure mounted to make an arrest, attention turned to locals. Despite no forensic evidence connecting the five to Ms White’s murder they were taken in.

Tony Paris, Yusef Abdullahi, and Stephen Miller were found guilty in 1990 of the murder and spent more than two years serving prison sentences having spent the same time on remand, while cousins John and Ronnie Actie were acquitted after being in custody since their arrest. False eyewitness statements, coerced confessions, and more were used in the police ‘investigation’. However on appeal in 1992 the taped interviews with Mr Miller, who had a mental age of 11, were deemed an example of inappropriate interrogation for reference in future cases, such was their intimidating and coercive nature.

Cardiff newsagent, Phillip Saunders, and one of the three people wrongly convicted of his murder, Mike O’Brien

Several programmes have been broadcast looking at the events in which the police played such a major part, and a number are in production now. Earlier last year, another was transmitted examining Mr O’Brien’s story in detail.

The promotional material before one of them, proclaimed: “Episode One Monday 23rd May at 9pm Raphael Rowe delves into the brutal murder of Cardiff newsagent Phillip Saunders in 1987. The episode examines the investigation that led to the conviction of three innocent men, which resulted in their wrongful imprisonment. The episode reveals shocking police threats and coercion that led to the arrest and incarceration of Michael O’Brien, Ellis Sherwood and Darren Hall. After the men had spent more than a decade behind bars, a court appeal quashed the original verdict, but the unsolved case continues to haunt the city. Plus, for the first time ever, the victim’s sister and nephew break a 35-year silence and reveal exclusive insights into the case”.

Phil Jones had a “lack of moral fibre” according to the judge when he was jailed

Adding to the woes of SWP, and emphasising the FoI revelations of alleged racism as well as the assaults (some the subject of court cases) generally, is that a former head of CID was recently jailed. A highly complex sting operation trapped one time Detective Chief Superintendent Phil Jones, which involved the bugging of cars, and deploying of decoy ‘clients’ who made out they wanted to pay for information. It climaxed in Mr Jones admitting to paying an ex-colleague to supply him with information from police databases, after he retired from SWP to run a private investigations agency in 1997.

Sky documentaries were also broadcast earlier last year, called Murder in the Valleys (MITV), looking into a FURTHER CASE – the horrific Clydach murders in 1999, when four people (Mandy Power her elderly disabled mother Doris, and two young children) were brutally beaten to death.

Campaigners supported David (Dai) Morris, before he died in prison still protesting his innocence

This, too, was highlighted by the MC, as well as by the reports of police actions, despite the fact it is not (in theory) a miscarriage of justice case, although the man convicted of them (David ‘Dai’ Morris) died in jail still protesting his innocence. They were nominated for two awards at the BAFTA Cymru ceremony, including one for best Factual Series.

Another television programme late last year on 5Star (which pretended to be looking into ‘cold cases’), though, was VERY different. and incurred the wrath of many close to what had happened. 5Star is a free-to-air television channel owned by Paramount Networks UK & Australia and a sister to Channel 5, which specialises in documentaries.

One of the daughters of Mr Morris, Janiene Marie O’Sullivan, publicly declared to her dedicated website group: “I am finding it difficult to put into words how it made me feel….Basically it was a whole hour of Martin Lloyd-Evans (who led the investigation into the Clydach Murderstalking rubbish!…South Wales police have done themselves no favours again with this one”.

Mr Morris’s sister Debra Thomas also said on the site: “Can you believe the utter verbal diarrhoea Martin Lloyd was spouting in that cheap channel 5 program…I also know the journalist is on this group so I hope and pray she gets to read this.”  And: “What disgraceful journalism!! They should hang their heads in shame”. The website Mrs Thomas helped set up, along with her niece, questions her brother’s guilt and has almost 31,000 members. On it she published a reply from Channel 5 to her complaint about the programme, but above the letter she wrote: “What research did they do????”.

The successful prosecution case against Mr Morris was that he had gone to Ms Power’s looking for sex, high on drink and drugs, been spurned and beat the entire family to death, leaving his chain there in the process.

They were all beaten to death

Yet the evidence suggested Doris had been killed first, NOT her daughter, when presumably it would have been the person doing the spurning who would have died FIRST!

Mr O’Brien appears on MITV saying that he believes the conviction of Mr Morris IS in fact a miscarriage of justice. He told the MITV documentary-makers:  “When I was released from prison I remember…saying ‘I’m going to be South Wales Police’s worst nightmare for what they did to me’, and I meant every word of it”.

Mike O’Brien said on the television programme ‘Murder in the Valleys’ he would become the police’s worst nightmare

In a formal interview for MITV (they wouldn’t do one with Phil), Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) of SWP, David Thorne, made a startling admission, about the mistakes that were made by the police in the earlier miscarriages of justice. During filming for the programme Mr Thorne appeared on, a forensic review found traces of DNA on a sock which it is believed was used to hold the murder weapon, that were “more likely than not” to have come from Mr Morris, and SWP trumpeted the finding. They effectively said:  ‘We know we got it wrong in the past, but this time is different. Trust us’.

Dai Morris’ sister, Debra (now Thomas) with parents after the conviction: ‘They’ve got the wrong man’

Yet a long-running campaign has been launched to establish his innocence, and after the first trial when Mr Morris was convicted, his sister Debra gave a tearful press conference with her parents when she stressed her belief that he was NOT guilty. She said: “He just didn’t do these things…they’ve got the wrong man”.

ACC Thorne, though, insisted on MITV, that Mr Morris was the RIGHT man, but acknowledged that mistakes had been made in previous police inquiries. He proclaimed:  “It’s safe to say we got it wrong (in the past).  We absolutely got it wrong. (There were) HUGE errors in the way investigations were conducted (but) we HAVEN’T found that in this case.  This is not a miscarriage of justice”.

David Thorne of South Wales Police – ‘We got it wrong’

However Phil had made a BBC Panorama television programme about the shocking Clydach Murders a few years after they had been committed, and he was the first to question the police actions during THIS investigation too.  As he said in the opening of the programme: “One police force in Britain has a disturbing record of locking up the wrong people in murder cases”.

Martyn Lloyd Evans on ‘Murder in the Valleys’, didn’t think an E-Fit was ‘relevant’

During MITV, the Senior Investigating Officer (SIO) at the time, Detective Superintendent (DS) (Retd.) of South Wales Police (SWP) Martyn Lloyd Evans, is questioned about the apparent mistake of not releasing to the public a witnesses E-Fit constructed soon after the murders, which, it said, had a 90 per cent likeness. He replies that because the man seen was carrying a bag, and it was believed the killer did not have one, it was not put out.

In Phil’s secret filming Stuart Lewis admitted the E-Fit bore a striking likeness to him and his identical twin brother Stephen

Mr Evans said: “I didn’t think it was relevant”, but the E-Fit matched almost exactly the face of the first senior police officer on the scene, Inspector (at the time) Stuart Lewis, who (against all procedure) had only stayed there a matter of minutes, or that of his identical twin brother (another police officer, Sergeant [also at the time] Stephen Lewis, whose wife was having a gay affair with one of the victims). Inspector Stuart Lewis, had changed his shift to be on that night, however at crucial hours during the murders his whereabouts were unknown. He was driving a red Peugeot diesel, and a car similar to this was spotted near the murder scene. So to say the E-Fit was ‘not relevant’, appeared bizarre in the extreme, to critics of the police.

Wynne Phillips, formerly head of CID South Wales Police on ‘Murder in the Valley’ – ‘We can’t manufacture evidence’

In the MITV films Mr Evans’ boss as the then head of SWP CIDWynne Phillips, also said something incredible: “We can’t manufacture evidence”. But events before the murders, showed that SWP have done EXACTLY that.

To take just one of those cases (in which Phil was intimately involved, because he had made ANOTHER programme questioning THAT conviction [The Cardiff Newsagent Three]), the police MANUFACTURED (as Mr Phillips said they DIDN’T do) an overheard ‘confession’ between the young men they had arrested, when an admission was effectively made to the murder of the newsagent, and they presented before the court ‘EVIDENCE’ that the group had run from the scene, but one of the three had bad legs and couldn’t run at all.

‘READ MY BOOK!’

Now there is more evidence of the terrible behaviour (some alleged) of officers in the police. It just goes on and on…

 

Details of stories like these, after 23 years with The BBC, and 39 years in journalism, by our Editor Phil Parry as he was gripped by the rare neurological condition Hereditary Spastic Paraplegia (HSP), have been released in a major book ‘A GOOD STORY’. Order it now!

Regrettably publication of another book, however, was refused, because it was to have included names.