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Naming and shaming at least 34 contributors to a massive case of incompetence, corruption, fraud and cover up in Dorset

This is of course based on the speed camera scandal in the UK, which is vast, and even my own investigations go back much further and expose greater and wider issues in authorities and councils in the UK and further.

My previous article aimed at explaining the scandal as it is now with links back to the past, but the intention here is to limit the scope and focus on an astonishing sequence of events and those who made it happen. Despite all the material I have to work on, this will cover just:

- a fraudulent speed camera operation,

- the aftermath from just one, one sentence, Freedom of Information question

It goes without saying that the majority of those listed here should be considered for a range of offences such as breach of duty of care, corruption, misconduct (in public office), fraud, false accounting, perverting the course of justice, not to mention simple dishonesty, incompetence, and breach of codes of conduct, and / or aiding and abetting those offences. It is worth pointing out that it appears that these offences are even continuing today under the current regime.

1. Firstly, the fraudulent speed on green camera, which made £1million on the back of a pack of lies

Johnny Stephens, Dorset Road “Safe”: provided the original lie about the intent of the £1million Speed on Green camera, telling us this was a collision prevention effort in an article titled Casualty Prevention Through Speed Enforcement at Traffic Light Junctions when (despite the efforts of Brian Austin) we later found out there were no casualties to reduce  

Brian Austin, Dorset Road “Safe”: tried to protect the lie by trying to keep the information about the Speed on Green camera secret

Pat Garrett, Dorset Road “Safe”: when the first lie was exposed, changed the lie to one of "community concern", and Dorset Road “Safe” were then completely unable to provide any relevant evidence of it  and as you will see later, according to Marytn Underhill, the information about the “community concern” has now been “lost” even though I questioned it vigorously at the time!!

Martin Baker, Poole Council, lied about the reason the camera was shut down, to save money!! (Note that this is not Martin Baker, ex-Chief Constable, who will be mentioned later)

Dorset Road Safe(?): A further lie relating to this enforcement was stated on the FAQ section of the DRS website at the time: it stated that there was “no financial motivation to use cameras to make money as all fines (corrected from "funds") went to the government” when they were already making about £1.5 million directly through courses!! And further lies would have been told to those going on the course, about how dangerous their driving was, at less than 40 where you could virtually land a small aircraft were it not for the lampposts. They were in fact very likely to have been driving very safely.

Clearly this was going to be controversial, DRS could not have introduced it without saying anything about it at all. There was no justification for it whatsoever. Dorset Road “Safe” therefore fabricated false justifications in order to make the money. The money was therefore obtained by deception. The money promoted the job prospects and security of some staff in Dorset Police / Road “Safe”, almost certainly including those mentioned above which is an abuse of entrusted power for personal gain. This is corruption and fraud. And When I put this directly to Martyn Underhill when we met, he had no defence or explanation and just tried to pass the buck to Poole Council, even though the lies came from Dorset Road “Safe” staff, headed up by the ex-chief Martin Baker, and the money went to Dorset Police.

Members of Poole Council (?), who according to Martyn Underhill, were responsible

2. The incredible, unbelievable, shocking saga about the course costs / PCC / IPCC

Lucianne Pharoah, FOI department, Dorset Police. This is where it all really starts. There is no possible explanation (as you will see later) other than that the course costs (which I asked for by FOI) were fabricated and vastly inflated to hide the course profits and who knows what else. There was no way out other than to try to dodge the question and that is what started here and continues to this day, nearly 4 years later. April 2011: LP dodged, delayed, obstructed and ignored the original Freedom of Information request . The IPCC eventually forced them to respond, and they did, although only providing the absurd and vastly inflated top level costs, (i.e. MISREPRESENTED) which have STILL not been explained.

Mike Glanville, Assistant Chief Constable: In response to my FOI request to explain the top level figures which were clearly complete fantasy in order to hide the profit , MG responded by declaring me vexatious and trying to shut down all communication with me. I later complained about MG and he “retired” very shortly after, it has since become obvious that it is common practice for police facing misconduct investigations to “retire” to avoid them!!

This article covers the next 4

Martin Baker, ex-chief constable of Dorset Police, who dodged my complaint against Mike Glanville, and completely ignored the totally absurd course costs, refused to engage with the issues. When the IPCC later agreed with me that MBs actions “were not within the spirit of the police reform act” and upheld my complaint, he too unexpectedly and immediately “retired”!!!! And guess what, you couldn’t make it up, Martin Baker and Mike Glanville then ended up in DIRECTORSHIP OF TWO CONSULTANCY COMPANIES THAT OFFER SERVICES TO THE NEW POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONERS  !!! And wait until you see later how the PCC for Dorset, Martyn Underhill, then protected Martin Baker and Dorset Police!!! We are not even warming up yet.

Colin Weston, Chairman of the Professional Standards and Diversity Committee: Ignored and dodged the complaint against Martin Baker

Martin Goscomb, Chief Executive, Dorset Police: Ignored and dodged the complaint against Mike Glanville

Michael Taylor, Chairman of the DPA: Ignored and dodged the complaint against Martin Goscomb

Notice that in all of these “brush offs” there is not a single reference or comment whatsoever about the actual issues, exactly as the IPCC commented was “not in the spirit of the police reform act”.

There was then a long delay (about 18 months) while Martyn Underhill led an IPCC “investigation” into the complaint which a schoolboy could have concluded in a day:

Martyn Underhill, Dorset PCC

Colin Smith, Head of Professional Standards (!!!), Hampshire Police

Sally French, Detective Sergeant, Anti Corruption Unit (!!!), Hampshire Police

These 3 are at the core of the corruption of this case as it is today. I knew policing was bad in some parts of the world but I never thought I would find it here in Dorset. As this is just a “name and shame” article I won’t repeat the detail and proof but you can see it all right here The main point is that Colin Smith, knew, believed and stated that he agreed with the 2 primary points in the IPCC investigation (you can even find the audio on my website), but then shut down communications with me, ignored these concerns and wrote that he could find "no evidence" of those failures, and then completely vanished. In other words, he too was corrupted and protected.

I should also mention these 2 who were in the meeting with me with Mr Underhill:

Nicky Searle, Head of Operations including Traffic, who perhaps due to no fault of her own comes across as completely unqualified, incapable and unsuitable to do this difficult job but who also completely ignored the problems being discussed in the meeting.

James Vaughan, same as above, but also conveniently “failed” to record the meeting, although, interestingly, it seemed to take him a month to “decide” it had “failed” (fortunately I recorded it), He also could not avoid confirming that one of the 4 costs was indeed misrepresented but did not follow through with the necessary corrective action about the case or explain the larger and even more absurd costs, and spectacularly dodged providing a proper response to the press release which misrepresented the reason for the £1 million fraudulent Speed on Green camera. 

We also see that the IPCC are well and truly corrupt too. So we must mention:

Matthew Johnson, Casework Manager IPCC My initial response and later emails

I also complained to Hampshire Police about Colin Smith who had misrepresented what he knew and believed in his written report (follow the link even to hear Colin Smith’s own words saying that the course costs “didn’t stack up” and that the safety benefits “had not been correctly communicated”!!!!)

Mark Chatterton, Chief Superintendent, Head of Professional Standards (!!!) protected him.

Andy Marsh, Chief Constable Hampshire Police, was informed but did nothing.

Simon Hayes, PCC Hampshire Police, was informed but did nothing.

It went back to the IPCC again!! I received another whitewash from

Haseeb Awan , IPCC

I investigated who is responsible for the PCC, and it turns out there is a “Police and Crime Panel” comprising a number of senior Dorset Councillors. I reported Martyn Underhill to them, and pointed out that at the very least, his cover up of corrupt police activities amounted to serious misconduct in public office. They referred the complaint to the IPCC!!

James Dipple-Johnstone, Commissioner of the IPCC, once again ignored all the actual issues and evidence and kept the cover-up going.

In response to this, I received and astonishing letter from:

Jonathan Mair, “Acting Director for Corporate Resources” at Dorset Council announcing not only communications lockdown but even an appalling censorship of communication to councillors about legitimate concerns on local matters.

I also received a random letter from Martyn Underhill and

Debbie Simpson, Chief Constable Dorset Police, also announcing a communications lockdown Debbie Simpson has therefore chosen to try to shut down exposure of serious and blatant corruption in her force by refusing to consider the facts.

Strangely, someone at the IPCC also picked it up again! They soon put it down though when they realised what they were getting into:

Jamie Robinson, IPCC

Further, the Dorset Police and Crime Panel is meant to “Scrutinize” the PCC but they have clearly instead protected him.

As far as I can make out, some of those senior members of the DPCP who have failed in this responsibility are:

John Adams

Frederick Drane

Andy Frost 

 3. The incredible, unbelievable, shocking coverup by the information regulators.

My top level article about this can be seen here

You will see in the 2rd section that Mike Glanville, former assistant Chief Constable, when I asked for the detail on the absurd top level costs, tried to completely shut off all communications with me by declaring me “vexatious”. At that point, I continued pursuing Dorset Police but also complained to the Information Commissioner about this obvious breach of FOI obligations purely in order to avoid explaining costs that he himself would have known were misrepresented. Here is what happened:

Susan Hughes, Case Officer, ICO completely ignored the comprehensive case put before the ICO and allowed the wrong decision to be reached based clearly on starting with the result that was required, the Dorset Police were all good, and working back from that. Here you can see the ICO response and my word by word total demolition of it.  There was no response from anyone.

I appealed to First Tier Information Tribunal The following acted to protect the Information Commissioner and Dorset Police by ignoring the facts:

Judge David Farrer Q.C. 

Marion Saunders, Tribunal member

Narendra Makanji, Tribunal member

I requested for appeal. So guess who dealt with the request for appeal against Judge Farrer’s decision?  Judge David Farrer Q.C.  !!!  And did he allow the appeal? Of course not!!! And here was my response

I raised a complaint about the conduct of Judge David Farrer Q.C.  It was dealt with by Judge NJ Warren, who chose to also ignore all the issues and protect Judge Farrer.  This was such a serious breach of the judicial code of conduct that I brought it to the attention of the Judicial ombudsman. The Judicial Ombudsman (Sir John Brigstocke KCB) chose to protect the previous judges by (rather like Judge Warren) finding an interpretation of the complaint that meant that there was nothing within his remit to deal with when there clearly and plainly was

I also appealed directly to Upper Tribunal and this resulted in yet another appalling escalation of refusal to face facts, cover-up, denial, and protection, for detail, follow the link at the start of this section and read from “But this was just the start of the information cover up”. This part of the scandal was the work of Judge S.M Wright

I did not pursue the information investigation further. I had now demonstrated beyond all doubt that the “authorities” would fight forever and ever and fight dirty to prevent simple transparency about costs. 

4. Conclusion

So there we have it, at the moment, although it seems very likely this list will continue to grow. And all of this, can you believe, from a simple question asked to Dorset Police FOI on the 26th April 2011, “Could you please detail to me the COST OF PROVISION of the course (per person), and what makes this up?” Information which Dorset Road “Safe” should in any case have had prominently published to demonstrate integrity, efficiency, control, honesty, not to mention management of the obvious financial motivations of enforcement.

This unbelievable saga, which has resulted from the need to prevent transparency, can only prove that my concerns are unfortunately right, and so my previous offer stands – if anyone can demonstrate to me my concerns are unfounded, I will publicly apologise, announce my total support for all the authorities I have questioned, and contribute £5000 of my own money to Dorset Charities.

 

Ian Belchamber