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Yet another senior officer, Kent Police ACC Gary Beautridge, resigns after Les Balkwell makes a formal complaint about him. The ELEVENTH officer to do so, to date

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Yet another senior officer, Kent Police ACC Gary Beautridge, resigns after Les Balkwell makes a formal complaint about him. The ELEVENTH officer to do so, to date

Post by Tony Bennett on 10.01.14 14:09

PRESS RELEASE 10 JANUARY 2014, 2.00pm

A second senior Kent Police Officer under investigation in the Lee Balkwell case resigns

11th Police Officer to resign following complaints by Les Balkwell


Following the announcement in September of the resignation of the Chief Constable of Kent, Ian Learmonth, a second officer under investigation in relation to the handling of Kent Police’s investigation into Lee’s death - Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge - has also resigned. An e-mail sent to him by Les Balkwell yesterday was returned with the message: “Please note that I am retiring from the police service on 14th February 2014. Liam Osborne is Temporary ACC Serious Crime Directorate until further notice.  Please contact Colleen McMonies on 01474 366126 in my absence”.

Gary Beautridge has headed the team investigating the death of Lee Balkwell since 2011. Last year, Les Balkwell made a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about Gary Beautridge and one other officer about the alleged failure of Kent Police to pursue certain avenues of enquiry in its investigation, and a number of other matters.  

In June last year Les Balkwell made a complaint to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Anne Barnes, about Ian Learmonth’s alleged failure to disclose to the IPCC his force’s close links with Essex Police and his 28 years’ previous service there. The IPCC ruled in December that Anne Barnes and her staff had failed to carry out a proper investigation and directed her to find an independent Chief Constable who could carry out a full investigation into Les Balkwell’s complaint. Seven months after he made that complaint, that investigation has still not begun.  

In 2010, both Essex and Kent Police told the IPCC that they were sure that Kent Police were capable of carrying out a genuinely independent, arm’s length investigation into Lee’s death. Les Balkwell claimed from the outset that they were not capable of doing so, but former IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne overrode his objections and sanctioned the appointment of Kent Police.

Officers who are allowed to resign whilst under investigation escape any disciplinary penalties. Gary Beautridge is now the 11th Police Officer who has resigned whilst facing allegations made by Les Balkwell. Nine Essex Police Officers did so in 2009 and 2010 after receiving notices from the IPCC that they were under investigation, including one senior officer, Terry Haines, who resigned on the day the IPCC summoned him for interview. He was found to have tampered with a crucial CCTV tape seized at the crime scene by Essex Police on the night Lee Balkwell was killed.  He was later found guilty by the IPCC of misconduct - but escaped any penalty because he had already resigned from the force.

The IPCC’s final report into Les Balkwell’s complaints upheld 26 separate complaints against 8 officers, one of whom, former Essex Police Officer Gareth Wilson, was promoted to run the joint Essex-Kent Police Serious and Organised Crime Directorate at the time Kent Police began their re-investigation into Lee’s death.
To date there have been two investigations and four separate reviews into Lee’s death, spanning 11½ years.                

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Les Balkwell
01708 446850
07908 752522
07925 999607

Tony Bennett (adviser to Les)
01279 635789
07835 716537

  

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Re: Yet another senior officer, Kent Police ACC Gary Beautridge, resigns after Les Balkwell makes a formal complaint about him. The ELEVENTH officer to do so, to date

Post by sallypelt on 10.01.14 14:35

@Tony Bennett wrote:PRESS RELEASE 10 JANUARY 2014, 2.00pm

A second senior Kent Police Officer under investigation in the Lee Balkwell case resigns

11th Police Officer to resign following complaints by Les Balkwell


Following the announcement in September of the resignation of the Chief Constable of Kent, Ian Learmonth, a second officer under investigation in relation to the handling of Kent Police’s investigation into Lee’s death - Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge - has also resigned. An e-mail sent to him by Les Balkwell yesterday was returned with the message: “Please note that I am retiring from the police service on 14th February 2014. Liam Osborne is Temporary ACC Serious Crime Directorate until further notice.  Please contact Colleen McMonies on 01474 366126 in my absence”.

Gary Beautridge has headed the team investigating the death of Lee Balkwell since 2011. Last year, Les Balkwell made a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about Gary Beautridge and one other officer about the alleged failure of Kent Police to pursue certain avenues of enquiry in its investigation, and a number of other matters.  

In June last year Les Balkwell made a complaint to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Anne Barnes, about Ian Learmonth’s alleged failure to disclose to the IPCC his force’s close links with Essex Police and his 28 years’ previous service there. The IPCC ruled in December that Anne Barnes and her staff had failed to carry out a proper investigation and directed her to find an independent Chief Constable who could carry out a full investigation into Les Balkwell’s complaint. Seven months after he made that complaint, that investigation has still not begun.  

In 2010, both Essex and Kent Police told the IPCC that they were sure that Kent Police were capable of carrying out a genuinely independent, arm’s length investigation into Lee’s death. Les Balkwell claimed from the outset that they were not capable of doing so, but former IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne overrode his objections and sanctioned the appointment of Kent Police.

Officers who are allowed to resign whilst under investigation escape any disciplinary penalties. Gary Beautridge is now the 11th Police Officer who has resigned whilst facing allegations made by Les Balkwell. Nine Essex Police Officers did so in 2009 and 2010 after receiving notices from the IPCC that they were under investigation, including one senior officer, Terry Haines, who resigned on the day the IPCC summoned him for interview. He was found to have tampered with a crucial CCTV tape seized at the crime scene by Essex Police on the night Lee Balkwell was killed.  He was later found guilty by the IPCC of misconduct - but escaped any penalty because he had already resigned from the force.

The IPCC’s final report into Les Balkwell’s complaints upheld 26 separate complaints against 8 officers, one of whom, former Essex Police Officer Gareth Wilson, was promoted to run the joint Essex-Kent Police Serious and Organised Crime Directorate at the time Kent Police began their re-investigation into Lee’s death.
To date there have been two investigations and four separate reviews into Lee’s death, spanning 11½ years.                

CONTACTS
Les Balkwell
01708 446850
07908 752522
07925 999607

Tony Bennett (adviser to Les)
01279 635789
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Re: Yet another senior officer, Kent Police ACC Gary Beautridge, resigns after Les Balkwell makes a formal complaint about him. The ELEVENTH officer to do so, to date

Post by sallypelt on 10.01.14 14:37

@sallypelt wrote:
@Tony Bennett wrote:PRESS RELEASE 10 JANUARY 2014, 2.00pm

A second senior Kent Police Officer under investigation in the Lee Balkwell case resigns

11th Police Officer to resign following complaints by Les Balkwell


Following the announcement in September of the resignation of the Chief Constable of Kent, Ian Learmonth, a second officer under investigation in relation to the handling of Kent Police’s investigation into Lee’s death - Assistant Chief Constable Gary Beautridge - has also resigned. An e-mail sent to him by Les Balkwell yesterday was returned with the message: “Please note that I am retiring from the police service on 14th February 2014. Liam Osborne is Temporary ACC Serious Crime Directorate until further notice.  Please contact Colleen McMonies on 01474 366126 in my absence”.

Gary Beautridge has headed the team investigating the death of Lee Balkwell since 2011. Last year, Les Balkwell made a complaint to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about Gary Beautridge and one other officer about the alleged failure of Kent Police to pursue certain avenues of enquiry in its investigation, and a number of other matters.  

In June last year Les Balkwell made a complaint to the Kent Police and Crime Commissioner, Anne Barnes, about Ian Learmonth’s alleged failure to disclose to the IPCC his force’s close links with Essex Police and his 28 years’ previous service there. The IPCC ruled in December that Anne Barnes and her staff had failed to carry out a proper investigation and directed her to find an independent Chief Constable who could carry out a full investigation into Les Balkwell’s complaint. Seven months after he made that complaint, that investigation has still not begun.  

In 2010, both Essex and Kent Police told the IPCC that they were sure that Kent Police were capable of carrying out a genuinely independent, arm’s length investigation into Lee’s death. Les Balkwell claimed from the outset that they were not capable of doing so, but former IPCC Commissioner Rachel Cerfontyne overrode his objections and sanctioned the appointment of Kent Police.

Officers who are allowed to resign whilst under investigation escape any disciplinary penalties. Gary Beautridge is now the 11th Police Officer who has resigned whilst facing allegations made by Les Balkwell. Nine Essex Police Officers did so in 2009 and 2010 after receiving notices from the IPCC that they were under investigation, including one senior officer, Terry Haines, who resigned on the day the IPCC summoned him for interview. He was found to have tampered with a crucial CCTV tape seized at the crime scene by Essex Police on the night Lee Balkwell was killed.  He was later found guilty by the IPCC of misconduct - but escaped any penalty because he had already resigned from the force.

The IPCC’s final report into Les Balkwell’s complaints upheld 26 separate complaints against 8 officers, one of whom, former Essex Police Officer Gareth Wilson, was promoted to run the joint Essex-Kent Police Serious and Organised Crime Directorate at the time Kent Police began their re-investigation into Lee’s death.
To date there have been two investigations and four separate reviews into Lee’s death, spanning 11½ years.                

CONTACTS
Les Balkwell
01708 446850
07908 752522
07925 999607

Tony Bennett (adviser to Les)
01279 635789
07835 716537 










  

Sorry, Tony, I've messed up AGAIN.

I hope this works:


And the stories of cover-ups and lies just keep coming:

A second senior Kent Police Officer under investigation in the Lee Balkwell case resigns

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A Met policeman has admitted misconduct in public office over the "plebgate" affair and is to offer to resign.

PC Keith Wallis, 53, admitted falsely claiming to have witnessed a row between then-cabinet minister Andrew Mitchell and police in September 2012.

He has been bailed for sentencing on 6 February pending psychiatric reports.

Met Commissioner Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe apologised to Mr Mitchell, who said he was pleased "justice had been done" but that unanswered questions remained.

Prime Minister David Cameron welcomed the guilty plea but said it was "completely unacceptable for a serving police officer to falsify an account of any incident"

Link to the full text:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-25682652







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