By not interviewing Lenny Harper how can they have an Alternate and justifiable explanation for his expenses. Again the prosecution case and only the prosecution case
In the past 3 years I have never stopped being shocked at the ludicrous actions of my Government and it's media regarding the Historical Child Abuse Cover up.
Today came another great big shock. This time it centers around Lenny Harpers supposedly lavish lifestyle during operation Rectangle.
I was always under the impression that Lenny Harper had been interviewed by Wiltshire and BDO ALTO regarding his Financial Expenses during Operation Rectangle Apparently not so. Having watched the latest Harper interview on VFC he states that Wiltshire hadn't asked him about his expenses. I find this hard to believe.
Jersey based BDO ALTO never interviewed or contacted Lenny Harper
Wiltshire spent 5 solid days Interviewing Lenny Harper and never mentioned it
WHAT A COMPLETE SHAMBLES
I have gone back and had a look at the Wiltshire Police Report regarding the Financial issues. I cant find any quotes from Lenny Harper.That would back up his assertion that he wasn't asked. If someone else can find them then please let us know. What is worth a look at is his expenses that can be found at Appendix1 page 98 and Appendix 2 page 100. At first glance one might say it looks a little high. If you take the time to go through it Lenny Harpers expenses are actually very small. These are the expenses booked out to his SOJP Visa Card.
From: 10/1/08 to the 04/8/08 his expenses were £6,939.11
So, over 7 months during the biggest police Investigation the Island has seen we have Hollywood Harper spending £1,000 pounds per month. According to the Wiltshire Finance Report this included
Flights to the UK
During this time Lenny Harper was requesting the help of outside Police Forces so there were meals included. So, the next question that must be asked is
HOW COME HIS EXPENSES ARE SO LOW
NOT REALLY HOLLYWOOD IS IT
CTV - Won an award for peddling the Hollywood Harper Garbage
What of the JEP? Well, lets have a little peak. Remember From: 10/1/08 to the 04/8/08 his expenses were £6,939.11
July 15, 2010 – 3:00 pm
YESTERDAY’S revelations concerning the lack of supervision in the Haut de la Garenne abuse inquiry which emerged with the publication of the Wiltshire Constabulary reports on the handling of the case were both shocking and astonishing.
However, related documents which have also been made public tell additional stories of profligacy and then of disturbing misconduct in an area unrelated to Haut de la Garenne which simply beggar belief.
It is now apparent that as well as hopelessly botching the largest police inquiry that this Island has ever seen, the former deputy chief of the States force, Lenny Harper, had a taste for the high life which cost taxpayers inordinately large amounts of money. It seems that Mr Harper thought that entertaining himself and others lavishly at some of London’s best restaurants was in some mysterious way an integral part of the investigation.
This largesse was in itself highly questionable, but as independent consultants BDO Alto have reported, it was further tainted by dubious practices. The consultants say that efforts were made to ‘disguise the total quantum of individual meal costs’. They also point out that, in contravention of force rules, no record was kept of who actually attended what were ostensibly business dinners.
No one has been accused of fraud, but BDO Alto do not mince their words in saying that these practices were entirely unacceptable. In addition, what happened troubled some of the officers present to such an extent that they were later at pains to express their own concern that bills were split to camouflage exactly what had been spent and about the limited amount of business conducted at the dinners.
That large amounts of public money were squandered in an inquiry which, ultimately, proved not to involve child deaths and has led to a mere handful of prosecutions is guaranteed to rankle, but matters of even greater importance are addressed in the independent report on Operation Blast.
Now having read the above lets again remember that neither Wiltshire nor BDO Alto according to Lenny Harper ever interviewed him about the Finances for Operation Rectangle.
Again Ladies and Gentleman we have a Prosecution case and nothing else.
Why wasn't he questioned by Wiltshire?
Why didn't BDO ALTO cross reference their information with the man involved. I cant find my copy of the BDO report but this is what the JEP says;
"In addition, what happened troubled some of the officers present to such an extent that they were later at pains to express their own concern that bills were split to camouflage exactly what had been spent and about the limited amount of business conducted at the dinners."
Sounds like someone was saying something. We also know that Wiltshire also interviewed officers from the Met and yet no one from the above interviewed Lenny Harper. Staggering quite simply Staggering
Members of Scotland yard gave Wiltshire Menus and Website details of where Lenny had taken them and so on yet the main man never gets asked!!
I cant find the BDO report online
Then we have this little beauty. Who was his tight- Knit group? Are they still serving officers? Were they disciplined for there behaviour? Did they order Steak instead of Pasta?
Lets also not forget the wiltshire expenses. Thy are really staggering. January 2009 - October 2009
Hotel Accommodation ..£82,000
By Andy Sibcy
FORMER deputy police chief Lenny Harper and a tight-knit group of his officers lived a celebrity lifestyle dining at top restaurants and travelling first class at taxpayers’ expense during the Haut de la Garenne inquiry, independent inquiries have revealed.
Not only did they repeatedly break clear expenses rules, but they tried to hide their excessive spending by splitting bills between several States credit cards.
Some of the most expensive hospitality was lavished on very senior UK policemen from the Association of Chief Police Officers who came to Jersey to oversee Mr Harper’s work and a News of the World journalist.
• Find out how much was paid for the wining and dining and other expenses during the inquiry in today’s Jersey Evening Post.
Article posted on 15th July, 2010 - 3.00pm
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I"I dealt with SAV on all matters relating to finance and the investigation. I had a number of meetings with him in which I kept him up to date with what we were spending money on. He was always satisfied with the deals we were getting on accomodation and the way we were doing things. He was supportive (at least I thought he was) in respect of the infamous trip to Australia. On two of the meetings the States Head of Finance was there - Liz something. Both of them professed satisfaction at what we were doing and SAV always gave the impression that he knew Walker and Co. were out to shaft us - excuse the use of Walker speak!! At no time did he ever raise any concerns about our spending - he did ask questions and pointed out frequently to me that it was he and not Graham that would take the rap if it was wrong, but he always agreed we were getting it right."
"Due to the volume of contact and reports by victims I had to build up the team to levels not seen in Jersey before. I couldn't use too many local officers because to do so would have left no cover for ordinary policing. I had to bring in detectives from outside. I couldn't get enough from UK forces so also employed experienced investigators on contracts - mainly former detectives. They all had to be placed in reasonable accomodation - my PA did a great job in getting cut price deals in hotels. They also had to be given a couple of days off every fortnight to go home. It is worth noting that the size of the team decreased as I left and very few of them were replaced. I also had to employ a team of Forensic Archaeologists to carry out the dig - they were recommended through the National Policing Improvement Agency, and of course the Forensic Anthropologists who came in the same way. They were ever present in differing numbers throughout our time at HDLG. We also employed, on the recommendation of the NPIA, Martin Grimes and his human remains/blood dogs. Gradwell focussed on Martin as a 'waste of money' and the states threatened not to pay him until his lawyer got involved and said I would testify to his value, which was immense, both in respect of the involvement of his dogs and his own experience as search advisor. Other experts we hired at the outset were geo-physical and Ground Penetrating Radar teams. The latter were needed several times but our contacts in the Met helped us out. We also had costs for the forensic examinations, and of course the high cost of guarding the crime scene at HDLG, which was done on overtime to prevent withdrawing police cover for the island. Very little of this would have been a cost for Gradwell and Warcup, as they reduced the team, HDLG was cosed and did not need guarding, and of course all the experts were gone. I used my own contacts in the UK to get many freebies, such as the sifting machine from the Anti Terrorist Squad at Scotland Yard and security inspections, as well as advice on other aspects of the enquiry. We had the sifting machine for several months and only had to pay for the cost of transporting it and cleaning it after use."
I hope to have a blog up on Voiceforprotest later concerning (family nursing &home care)