Friday, 17 April 2009

Mandarins should be charged with wasting police time

The investigation into Damian Green is estimated to have cost between £3m and £5m. It took place because a civil servant, Chris Wright, at the instigation of another civil servant, Gus O'Donnell, told lies to the police. If they hadn't told those lies, the investigation wouldn't have taken place and so much police time wouldn't have been wasted.

The CPS are damn quick to prosecute some half-crazy girl who makes false rape allegations for wasting police time. It's about time they turned their attention to the mandarins for the same crime.

I feel a letter to the Commissioner coming on.

Wasting Police Time - section 5(2) Criminal Law Act 1967

(Archbold 28-224)

The offence of wasting police time is committed when a person

  • causes any wasteful employment of the police by
  • knowingly making to any person a false report orally or in writing tending to:
  • show that an offence has been committed; or,
  • give rise to apprehension for the safety of any persons or property; or,
  • show that he has information material to any police inquiry.

3 comments:

thefatlady said...

How on earth can such an investigation cost £3m plus? Let's say each person involved costs on average £100K p.a. That's 30 people full-time for a year!

As well as prosecuting those civil servants, we should know the basis of that £3m gravy train. Perhaps another investigation should be set up into that - no, wait, that would cost another £3m.

Chris said...

"The CPS has decided not to follow up this matter given its sensitive political nature and the unlikeliness of a prosecution."

Betcha.

Odin's Raven said...

Ministers, bureaucrats, coppers and sleaze merchants who cause such waste should be personally charged for it, and all their assets and pension rights seized.