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Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

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Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

Post by Tony Bennett on 15.10.13 20:52

http://www.manchestereveningnews.co.uk/news/greater-manchester-news/escort-claire-smethurst-paid-detective-6165944


By Chris Osuh

Escort paid detective £19k to plant gun on ex partner, court hears

10 Oct 2013 09:25

Daniel Withnell, 30, formerly of Greater Manchester Police’s Salford Division, offered to frame Claire Smethurst’s ex by planting the weapon and some drugs in his car

[Pic: Claire Smethurst]

An escort paid a corrupt detective £19,000 to plant a shotgun on her ex-partner, a court heard.

Daniel Withnell, 30, formerly of GMP’s Salford Division, offered to frame Claire Smethurst’s ex by planting the weapon and some drugs in his car.

But call girl Smethurst, 48, backed out of the deal and told another police officer, who tipped off the force’s counter corruption team.

Withnell, of Heaton, Bolton, was dismissed  and is now behind bars on remand after pleading guilty to misconduct in public office. Now, Smethurst, of Hatherlow Court, Westhoughton, Bolton, has been given a 15-month sentence, suspended for two years, after pleading guilty to acts intending to pervert the course of justice.

Until recently, Smethurst, who divides her time between Manchester and Marbella, worked as an escort and boasted of clients including ‘barristers and judges’, Manchester Crown Court heard.

Last October she was ‘distraught’ to learn the CPS were not proceeding with a complaint of assault she had made against her ex-partner. On October 1, after binging on champagne, she complained about the dropped case in a text to Dc Withnell, who she had befriended in a Bolton tanning salon.

“He said he could get a gun and that he could put it into my ex-boyfriend’s car,” she told the court.

Withnell then picked up £19,000 in cash from Smethurst. However, the next morning she got cold feet and told another officer who reported it.

Details of the saga emerged as Smethurst tried to get charges against her dropped as it was revealed Withnell planned to double-cross her and keep the cash. Smethurst also argued in the ‘abuse of process’ hearing that officers had led her to believe that she was a witness and would not get in  trouble.

But after Judge Michael Henshell ruled there had been no abuse of process, Smethurst admitted guilt.

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Re: Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

Post by bobbin on 15.10.13 20:57

No relative of Edward's I'm sure. Perhaps Smethurst is a reasonably common name in the region.

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Re: Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

Post by Tony Bennett on 15.10.13 21:05

Don't think so.

It's only a short report, but look how much they've got into this story...

Corrupt officer

Framing someone

Prostitute

Barristers

Judges

Champagne

Tanning salon

Double-cross

Marbella

Gun

Drugs

£19,000

Behind bars

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Re: Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

Post by Guest on 15.10.13 21:47

Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?

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Post by Tony Bennett on 15.10.13 21:52

@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
This is in Lancashire

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Post by Guest on 15.10.13 21:59

@Tony Bennett wrote:
@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
 This is in Lancashire
Richard III and all that lot?

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Post by Pyewacket on 15.10.13 22:10

@Portia wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:
@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
 This is in Lancashire
Richard III and all that lot?
Excuse me, but Bolton is in Greater Manchester ! We've got 56 year old escorts in Lancashire. airkiss

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Post by Guest on 15.10.13 22:12

@Pyewacket wrote:
@Portia wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:
@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
 This is in Lancashire
Richard III and all that lot?
Excuse me, but Bolton is in Greater Manchester ! We've got 56 year old escorts in Lancashire. airkiss
God help you

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Re: Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

Post by Pyewacket on 15.10.13 22:27

@Portia wrote:
@Pyewacket wrote:
@Portia wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:
@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
 This is in Lancashire
Richard III and all that lot?
Excuse me, but Bolton is in Greater Manchester ! We've got 56 year old escorts in Lancashire. airkiss
God help you
Actually, don't think there are any Escorts in Lancashire, just smack/crack head prossies, and fat slappers in gangster controlled massage parlours.

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Post by aspiedistra on 16.10.13 15:58

@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
They have to keep a few for Wayne Rooney.

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Post by tiny on 16.10.13 16:07

@aspiedistra wrote:
@Portia wrote:Good gracious me, 

You Britishers must be up against a wall: who ever heard of a 46 year old  escort?

Called a 'girl' to boot?
They have to keep a few for Wayne Rooney.
eyebrows laughat

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Re: Police corruption in Lancashire: The escort girl, Claire Smethurst, the corrupt detective, a gun, and £19,000

Post by haroldd on 07.11.13 14:21

Interesting find.

The Manchester Evening News describe Claire Smethurst ("escort girl") as 'dividing her time between Manchester and Marbella', but the Daily Mail (who call her a "former escort") and Telegraph ("high class escort" running a firm called Night Raven Ltd) say she has got homes in both Manchester and Marbella. I don't know about the barristers and judges, but she's no streetwalker.

The Telegraph don't report on the nature of Night Raven Ltd or its number of employees. This record at Companies House shows the company as having dissolved on 24 Sep 2013, and lists no directors other than Claire Smethurst, given as having the occupation of "entertainer" and no other directorships. This record, though, lists her as having 2 directorships or company secretaryships. So I furtled about some more, and found this one, which refers to her other as Nightshift Ltd, which dissolved on 8 March 2011, and which had a seedy-looking registered address in Preston. Another company now exists of the same name; there's also a Nightshift Ltd in Israel. Almost certainly red herrings. Edward Smethurst was an orphan. He and Claire are probably not related except perhaps very distantly.

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Post by Guest on 07.11.13 20:48

@haroldd wrote:
Interesting find.

The Manchester Evening News describe Claire Smethurst ("escort girl") as 'dividing her time between Manchester and Marbella', but the Daily Mail (who call her a "former escort") and Telegraph ("high class escort" running a firm called Night Raven Ltd) say she has got homes in both Manchester and Marbella. I don't know about the barristers and judges, but she's no streetwalker.

The Telegraph don't report on the nature of Night Raven Ltd or its number of employees. This record at Companies House shows the company as having dissolved on 24 Sep 2013, and lists no directors other than Claire Smethurst, given as having the occupation of "entertainer" and no other directorships. This record, though, lists her as having 2 directorships or company secretaryships. So I furtled about some more, and found this one, which refers to her other as Nightshift Ltd, which dissolved on 8 March 2011, and which had a seedy-looking registered address in Preston. Another company now exists of the same name; there's also a Nightshift Ltd in Israel. Almost certainly red herrings. Edward Smethurst was an orphan. He and Claire are probably not related except perhaps very distantly.
Preston? Place seems familiar, but can't put a finger on it. Anywhere mentioned on the forum a/o the files in connection with the case?

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Post by Who?What?Where? on 09.11.13 1:24

If this is correct, what strikes me, is the leniency of the sentencing for smethurst.

What sort of message is that sending out?

Is there anyone else being prosecuted, with attempting to pervert the course of justice at the moment?

Maybe, they will be equally, leniently, treated, if they are found guilty. Who knows?

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