any day today rss twitter

Bonkers Blog June 2013

Index: 20092010201120122013201420152016201720182019

11 June - Never trust a policeman

In January this year the father of a teenager assaulted and badly injured in a school playground concluded his account of the Bexley police malpractice which wrecked any chance of a prosecution. There were similarities between his experience of Bexley police’s dishonesty and those of Elwyn Bryant and myself following the internet crime traced to a councillor’s telephone line. The same police officers were involved, both crimes were linked to friends and associates of the investigating officers and the outcome was much the same. The victims were either blamed or investigated for the crime committed against them. In layman's’ parlance, Bexley police corruptly organised a cover up.

The father whose story was published here remained anonymous at the time in order to protect his son’s identity but after Boris Johnson’s Deputy Mayor for Policing and Crime, Stephen Greenhalgh, refused to comment on the role played by Bexley police, he decided to go public. As a result the News Shopper has provided some welcome publicity for this further example of serious wrong doing by Bexley police, primarily under Chief Superintendent Dave Stringer.

I imagine that the need to maintain good relations with the police constrains main-stream journalism somewhat but the Shopper’s report, good though it is, doesn’t expose the underlying reason for Bexley police engineering another of their cover ups. In the words of the injured boy’s father “the investigating officer shared close friends with the assailant’s family”.

The Shopper obtained the following comment from Bexley police: “A line has now been added to the crime report clarifying the victim’s position”. I much prefer their response to the District Judge in Dartford County Court. “It is very dangerous indeed to start requiring the police to correct their records, as this would damage their integrity”. It is a nice clear statement that so far as Bexley police is concerned, justice doesn’t matter so long as their pretence of integrity is maintained.

Turning justice on its head would appear to be a Bexley police speciality. Mrs. Grootendorst who successfully exposed her victimisation by Bexley council in Bromley Crown Court was arrested and charged by Bexley police for trying to retrieve property stolen from her. During a scuffle she was knocked to the ground by the alleged thief but it was she who found herself destined for an appearance before the beak while, she claims, the police regularly dropped in for tea at the home of her assailant. Once again the case collapsed for lack of evidence and two years later she is still in negotiations with the police over her wrongful arrest and the storing of her DNA samples.

I am reluctant to publish police stories which do not have at the very least, a tenuous connection to Bexley council, but the comments that continue to arrive very strongly suggest that just because Stringer and Olisa have been transferred to other unfortunate boroughs does not mean that Bexley police is now under good and honest management.


Return to the top of this page