Saturday, March 24, 2012

OPERATION END-GAME - 12-


OPERATION END GAME - 12




THE TIMELINE




WE ARRIVE AT OPERATION BLAST




This posting is the first into 'Operation Blast'



Operation Blast was the third a final suspension of the former Chief of Police Graham Power. Operation Blast was the name given to sensitive files held at the States of Jersey Police Station. Over the coming days and weeks we will be looking at exactly what went on in the lead up to the Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand issuing a statement in the States on the 16th June 2009 and the subsequent suspension of Graham Power on the 31st July 2009. It is the final piece of the shambolic cover-up of Child Abuse in Jersey.



The revelations that have been coming out about former Chief Minister Frank Walker and his former Chief Executive Bill Ogley have everything to do with the Jersey Child Abuse Cover-up - the denigration of Lenny Harper and his dedicated team - and finishing with the shocking suspension of then Chief of Police Graham Power on the 12th November 2008. This really is a horrendous chapter in Jersey's history.



We will be looking at what was exactly held down at the 'SOJP'. This is something so incredible that even the Acting Chief of Police David Warcup didn't know what to do with them. We will having a greater look at former ACO David Warcup and his involvement with bringing 'Operation Blast' to the attention of the Solicitor General and the Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand. We will be looking at the motivations behind the actions of David Warcup. This isn't going to make for comfortable reading. David Warcup and Ian Le Maquand are going to come under the microscope like never before.



The activities of these two will unfold during the week.



It's important that I remind readers of the timeline again.



November 12th 2008 - Graham Power Suspended



December 2008- In late 2008 Graham Power is contacted by the Chief Ministers Department about gaining access to his secure cabinet which is held in the Chief of Polices office. Graham Power agreed a process whereby a Jersey Advocate representing Graham Power would be given the code in a sealed envelope and would take this to police and be present when the cabinet was opened.



December 22nd 2008 - The Chief Ministers wrote to Graham Power and said that although this arrangement had been put in place Acting Chief David Warcup had objected and the matter put on hold.


January 13th 2009 - Graham Powers representative Constable T. Brain wrote to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand stating that Connetable Simon Crowcroft had agreed to be present when the cabinet was opened as an observer and subject to all appropriate requirements of confidentiality. The letter also pointed out that as part of his office Simon Crowcroft was a police officer and subject to disciplinary procedures.



January 22nd 2009 - Acting Chief of Police opens Graham Powers secure cabinet. Also present is Superintendent Wayne Bonne of Wiltshire Police and David Warcups Staff officer Dave Burmingham. Staff Officer Burminghams role was to compile a list of contents in Graham Powers secure safe and office. This act was done without the consent of Graham Power. Graham Power did not hand over the code to the secure cabinet. What was Superintendent Wayne Bonne doing at the "blowing of the doors" of Graham Powers secure cabinet? Looking for evidence?


An audio tape was recovered from Graham Powers secure cabinet. This audio tape was discovered in a sealed envelope. This tape contained conversations between Graham Power, the media, representatives of partner agencies, and a States Member Stuart Syvret.



February 13th 2009 - Graham Power has his first Suspension Review Meeting with Home Affairs Minister Ian le Marquand. Senator Le Marquand informs Graham Power and his representative T. Brain that he, as Home Affairs Minister:


Senator B.I. Le Marquand:


"There is no problem with you making submissions in relation to the effect of the various different parts of the disciplinary code; I anticipated and expected that you would do that. But in the context of how I should now be dealing with the matter what I am not prepared to do, and have not at any point indicated I would do - and indeed made it clear, I believe, in proceedings in the States that I would not do - is to seek to conduct a review of the decision of the Home Affairs Minister when originally suspending. To do that, because the Home Affairs Minister is a corporation sole, effectively I would be reviewing my own decision and that I cannot do




February 18th 2009 - Graham Power attends Royal Court and seeks judicial Review into his suspension. Solicitor General advices an adjournment because the Minister for Home Affairs is conducting a Suspension Review



March 5th 2009 - Graham Power has second suspension meeting with Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand - The Minister decides to keep Graham Power suspended. What readers must take note of here is the exchange between Graham Powers representative Constable T . Brain and Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand about the amount of time Wiltshire is taking. It now appears that Wiltshire wouldn't be completed until June 2009 - remember this when going down the timescale.


Dr. T Brain:

No, I did not know that, but that merely re-emphasises my gratitude. Thank you very much. It has been done as swiftly as possible and the only observations to make are that I am grateful that you have done it within a reasonable amount of time. The point that I am going to make now though is in relation to the fact that we have this 2-stage… just over a fortnight between each stage. It is just the general fact that it must be obvious to you that it 4 months since Graham was suspended, all but a week. That is a very long period of time and I just must register my concerns about the length of time that the inquiry is taking because with every day that passes it will be more difficult for Graham to resume his position as Chief Officer through no fault of his own.


Senator B.I. Le Marquand:

Can I just ask Mr. Pinel if he has any update on timescales? Because the last information I had was that the report was unlikely to be available until May.


Mr. M. Pinel:

Yes, the last information I have, Minister, which is very recent, is that Wiltshire are expecting to conclude their investigation by the end of June.


Dr. T. Brain:

I am very grateful for Mr. Pinel’s comment. I must say, Minister, that is staggering.


Senator B.I. Le Marquand:

That is news to me, I have to say.


Dr. T. Brain:

It will become obvious in a moment why I find that staggering. That, I think, re-emphasises the point that I have just made. That with every day that passes it will be more difficult, if not impossible, for Graham to resume his position as Chief Officer through absolutely no fault of his own; certainly not the length of time this inquiry is taking. While the longer the delay the greater the disruption to the command of the force, the uncertainties of the staff, and if there is an issue of public confidence that has been created it has been generated entirely by the suspension process. I re-emphasise I am talking about the suspension process here. I am not talking about the facts of the case that may or may not come to a tribunal at some point. If Wiltshire do not anticipate finishing this before June I suspect we will not be hearing it before perhaps Christmas next year, by which tie Graham would have been suspended for over a year. I cannot believe that the States of Jersey wish this to be an outcome of this process. I appreciate from the very helpful disposition that you gave last time and further information I received from Mr. Pinel that you are a corporation sole and that gives you a clear range of obligations and authorities but I do not think it requires you to be bound by a manifestly bad decision made by any predecessor in your office, so I think you have a clear run at being able to make a good decision on the basis of the information that you have before you now.



April 6th 2009 - Stuart Syvret has his home raided by the Police and is arrested for alleged offences under the Data Protection Law. One of the real motives behind the Syvret raid was that they believed he had been leaked information by Graham Power and Lenny Harper. They were looking for their smoking gun - their end game - the well was dry.




April 30th 2009 - Solicitor General writes to the Home Affairs Minister and informs him of general details of Operation Blast . The Home Affairs Minister then writes to Acting Chief of Police David Warcup asking for details concerning Operation Blast



May 11th 2009 - Graham Power makes a revised application for Judicial Review due to his continued suspension on the 5th March 2009


June 2nd 2009 - Acting Chief of Police David Warcup writes to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand and discloses details of some files held down at Police HQ under the code name 'Operation Blast.' These files contain information relating to States Members and former States Members. David Warcup states that he has brought it to the attention of Ian Le Marquand as it may be relevant to the enquiry currently being conducted by Wiltshire Police. He also informs the Minister for Home Affairs that he has had previous discussions with the Solicitor General about these files.



June 11th 2009 - Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand writes to Graham Power regarding Operation Blast and informs him that there is now two more possible areas of complaint against him. He also informs Chief Executive Bill Ogley about the new issues regarding Operation Blast



June 14th 2009 - Graham Power replies to the Home Affairs Ministers letter. In Mr Powers 4,000 word reply he explains to the Minister some of the matters regarding to Operation Blast. This 4,000 word reply was leaked by someone as the media got hold of it and published parts. The leak was not from Mr Power.



June 16th 2009 - Home Affairs Minister brings Operation Blast to the States of Jersey with plenty of fanfare and little else. This turns people and hopefully States Members against Graham Power.


June 24th 2009 - Graham Power writes to the Chief Minister Terry Le Suer and registers a formal complaint against Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand relating to the Ministers Statement to the States on the 16th June 2009. The Minister having made a public statement without first meeting with Mr Power and hence going against the disciplinary code.



July 10th 2009 - David Warcup again writes to Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand. He now supplies the Home Affairs Minister with a full transcript of the audio recording that was left in Graham Powers secure cabinet for the Home Affairs Ministers information and consideration. He again mentions to the Minister that this might be considered if he decides to widen the TOR's of the Wiltshire Investigation. The Home Affairs Minister is now in possession of audio recordings that were kept in a secure location by the former Chief of Police Graham Power.



July 31st - 2009 - Home Affairs Minister Ian Le Marquand holds a suspension meeting with Graham Power Graham Poower and T. Brain regarding Operation Blast. Graham Power is suspended again for Operation Blast . The Former Chief of Police has 2 suspensions - the new one being just days before his Judicial Review Hearing. Wiltshire have already missed deadlines concerning the first suspension of Graham Power they are now called in to investigate another suspension.



September 8th 2009 - Graham Power losses his Judicial Review. There is not a chance that he could have won this Judicial Review. If he had, and returned to work, then David Warcup and Ian Le Marquand were finished. Their positions and actions were then, and are now, seeing as the Home Affairs Minister is still in post totally and completely untenable. End



As you look at the above timeline remember what happened in October 2008 when Graham Power sent outside Media Consultant Matt Tapp on his way. No sooner had Tapp left Mr Powers office he found himself in Ogley's office. We then had the Graham Power suspension on the 12th with a letter from Warcup and a Met Interim Report. At the end of December 2008 we had New Home Affairs Minister trying to lay some bullying charges at Graham Power but had to drop them - we then have Warcup breaking into Graham Powers secure cabinet, they found nothing - the they go onto the next target and it is here we pick up the timeline.



April 6th 2009 - Stuart Syvret has his home raided by the Police and is arrested for alleged offences under the Data Protection Law. One of the real motives behind the Syvret raid was that they believed he had been leaked information by Graham Power and Lenny Harper. They were looking for their smoking gun - their end game - the well was dry.


This is a very important piece of the puzzle and one of the reasons we ended up with Operation Blast. They were getting desperate. After breaking into Graham Powers safe they found a tape recording between Graham Power and Stuart Syvret. The Jersey Authorities put 2 and 2 and came up with zero. They really thought that Graham Power or Lenny Harper had been leaking Stuart Syvret information. Oh well, an out of date driving license it is, we will make up the Data Protection bit as we go along. This is also the reason the Home Affairs Minister held a suspension review in February 2009. They new that the original suspension couldn't stand up to any scrutiny so they do away with that and ILM creates a new suspension where none of the alternative evidence can be heard. But what happens if the Judicial Review finds in Graham Powers favor? Well, no problems their, you take out an insurance. This one was called Operation Blast. Do not underestimate what was at stake here. If Graham Power returned to work it would have cause an earthquake that even Whitehall would have felt.



That is why on the 4th of April 2009 ACO David Warcup informs the Solicitor General of these files. That is when it starts. Why is Warcup informing the Solicitor General about these files when its a police matter? Just what is David Warcup stirring up this time? Not keen on his boss coming back to work is this one.



Warcup starts writing letters - We know what happens when Dave starts writing letters.


Would anyone be shocked if I told you that David Warcup tells ILM that this could become part of the Wiltshire Investigation? Oh it gets very interesting indeed.


The next posting on Sunday night will start there.



Oh what a story this Blast is



Rico Sorda




Team Voice


17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rico,

If David Warcup was a man of integrity then he would have seriously wised up after sending the first letter that got mr power suspended. I have no reason to doubt what you are saying as you have backed everything up to date with evidence. Are you suggesting that he advised Ian to think about another suspension when the first one was already hitting the buffers?

Where the problem arises is Ian already knows the first one is in trouble so why the second one?

What have police files got to do with operation rectangle i don't get it.......

Anonymous said...

Rico
This is the blog everyone should link to and refer to when introducing the Jersey Way to the outside media and the unaware public. Very good journalistic effort. Great reporting and investigative piece, really.

Anonymous said...

Rico,

Regarding the opening of Graham Powers private security cabinet.

The suspension of the Police Chief, as I understand it was a neutral act pending the delivery of a report.

Therefore until the report is finalised and a course of action decided upon and completed, then any interference with Graham Powers personal possessions ( including revised contract now missing ) must be deemed as an abuse and worse theft warranting a full police investigation.

Anonymous.

rico sorda said...

Here is a little clue as to why I have been emailing the Solicitor General now Attorney General T. le Cocq

Guess who was representing the Home Affairs Minister at Graham Powers Judicial review?


Anon at 6.59

All will be explained in tomorrows posting

rs

Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret said...

Rico

You say:

"Here is a little clue as to why I have been emailing the Solicitor General now Attorney General T. le Cocq

Guess who was representing the Home Affairs Minister at Graham Powers Judicial review?"

If it was Tim Le Cocq - then Tim Le Cocq is in big trouble.

Even bigger trouble for the Attorney General's Department.

Because that would mean that one party to a legal dispute - had access to the policing function and prosecution function - and was abusing those powers - and transferring data and evidence from that function - to the separate function of being a lawyer for one of the parties.

That's what's commonly known as a "criminal conspiracy".

That in addition to being a starkly ultra vires - contra all accepted relevant administrative law and ECHR case-law.

Stuart

Anonymous said...

At the end of the day. Money talks.

Warcup would have taken near on a million pounds of tax payers money if he had succeeded in becoming Jerseys Chief of Police....

But then again he has taken near on a million pounds of tax payers money for his two years INCHARGE?
of the States Of Jersey Police

rico sorda said...

[2009]JRC180
ROYAL COURT
(Samedi Division)
8th September 2009

Before :
J. A. Clyde-Smith, Esq, Commissioner, and Jurats Le Breton and Clapham

Between
Graham Power

Applicant
And
The Minister for Home Affairs

Respondent
In the matter of the second notice of application by Mr Graham Power QPM, Chief Officer of the States of Jersey Police, for leave to institute judicial review proceedings dated 24th March 2009.

The applicant appeared in person.

T. J. Le Cocq, Esq, Solicitor General for the Minister.

rico sorda said...

Now you see where I'm heading.

The emails where just a front

rs

Anonymous said...

Ah, you just have to love Jersey. Would that be Tim Le Cocq, Attorney General, appearing before Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, his former partner for many years at Ogier, and Jurat Clapham, wife of another of his former business partners at Ogier?

No conflicts there then. Caesar's wife and all that.

rico sorda said...

"Ah, you just have to love Jersey. Would that be Tim Le Cocq, Attorney General, appearing before Commissioner Julian Clyde-Smith, his former partner for many years at Ogier, and Jurat Clapham, wife of another of his former business partners at Ogier?"

You have got to be kidding.

If anyone has read Graham Powers judicial review you will see that its a farce. This place just gets better. As I will show in todays posting Dave Warcup loved his little chats with the SG. Remember how defensive the SG was about the advice they were giving about the safe cracking.

The Lawless Office is where its all happening

Its a blo*dy racket

rs

Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret said...

Julian Clyde-Smith was also the judge who insisted on hearing - at 7.00 a.m - my first judicial review application - in which I sought to review the vires of the conduct of the Attorney General:

The previous Attorney General being his friend William Bailhache;

And the then current Attorney General being his friend Tim Le Cocq.

Le Cocq was being represented on the day by the Solicitor General Blunt Sharp.

I actually knew for a stone-fact - as any reasonable person could see - that Clyde-Smith was hopelessly conflicted, and I asked him to recuse.

He refused to do so.

He then proceeded to run the Solicitor General's case for him - repeatedly stepping in to rescue the clown - for example, when Sharp asserted that it was not possible to judicially review decisions of the executive.

Naturally, Clyde-Smith found for his close friends Bailhache and Le Cocq - and found against me.

You know, in a strange, Beckettian way, we should cherish these clowns and their lunacy.

This is funny - and we'll never see their like again - after the hammer drops.

Jersey does not have a functioning judiciary

We are not protected by the proper rule of law - or good administration of justice.

That's just a stark - plain - obvious - fact.

And these clowns, soldiering on, head down, against reality are pitiful, when viewed in a certain light.

Julian Clyde-Smith blocked my judicial review into the vires of the conduct of the Attorney General.

We can see now just how reliable a decision that was - given the actions and conduct of the Attorney General have now been exposed as being monstrously unlawful - in so many ways - by a few people with laptops.

Had Clyde-Smith not blocked the judicial review into the behaviours of his friends - all of the evidence concerning the conduct of Bailhache, Le Cocq, Warcup, Ogley and Le Marquand - would have been exposed, and considered, in open court - back at the time of my application.

Jersey is not a lawful society.

Stuart

Ex-Senator Stuart Syvret said...

Oh, and by the way - a reader says:

"[2009]JRC180
ROYAL COURT
(Samedi Division)
8th September 2009

Before :
J. A. Clyde-Smith, Esq, Commissioner, and Jurats Le Breton and Clapham

Between
Graham Power

Applicant
And
The Minister for Home Affairs."

That's Jurat John Le Breton.

The former deputy head of Victoria College - who had to resign in disgrace - for failing to take protective action in the face of complaints, to protect children from the man who was eventually convicted for child abuse, Andrew Jervis-Dykes.

So - no conflict of interests there, then.

A man involved in a child-abuse cover-up - sitting in judgment on the man who was leading the police as they investigated child abuse cover-ups.

So - there we have Clyde-Smith, friend and former business partner of Le Cocq - Clapham, wife of another Clyde-Smith friend and business partner, and friend and business partner of Le Cocq - and Le Breton, a man who had to resign in disgrace over child-protection failures.

Sitting as a triumvirate in judgement - in a case in which a close friend of theirs is representing one party - and the other party represents objective, fearless policing.

Anyone who asks you to regard that as a functioning, lawful judicial process is simply insulting your intelligence.

Stuart

Anonymous said...

Rico,

You and Graham Power might be very interested to read page 4 of The Sunday Times today 25 March 2012.

The article alleges that former Wiltshire Chief Constable Brian Moore botched an internal sexual harrassment investigation into another officer. That officer was Mr Moore's deputy and friend David Ainsworth. Mr Ainsworth hanged himself in March 2011 and his inquest will open next Month.

The affair has been investigated by HMIC but their report not yet published.

One of the victims in the Ainsworth case said "This mishandling of the Ainsworth affair raises serious questions about his [Mr Moore's] judgement and ability."

Get yourself down to Spar for a copy of The Sunday Times.

rico sorda said...

New post will be up in an hour. This is the best yet.

rs

Zoompad said...

Rico,

Your blog is going unavailable intermittently, error 503, as is Stuarts and mine. Dont know if any others are affected.

I just emailed Stuart to tell him, and had another go at getting on your blog, and was successful. But it has been unavailable. I've been told my blog has been down as well.

Just thought you needed to know.

Anonymous said...

http://www.swindonadvertiser.co.uk/news/9569710.Former_Chief_Constable_takes_up_new_role/

New job for Moore

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