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The North Yorkshire Police senior figures’ payments scandal

  • our Crime and Parliamentary Affairs correspondent TIM HICKS FCA, (who is also a Chartered Accountant and an experienced auditor) comments on the latest financial scandal to hit North Yorkshire Police.

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Many Real Whitby readers will have been shocked by the news that North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan has failed in her bid to obtain the repayment of £99,866.00 of allowances paid to two former Chief Officers of North Yorkshire Police over a six-year period from 2008 to 2012 – the legal time limit within which the payments can be recovered.  Full story here:

North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Report here:

In a joint statement, Mrs Julia Mulligan and Chief Constable Dave Jones said the report was a result of concerns over payments made to police chiefs being raised locally. This, of course, includes pressure brought by Real Whitby, which first exposed that Chief Constable Maxwell had received £50,000 of these unaudited and unaccounted for allowances on the 8th of June 2012 and has continually pressed North Yorkshire Police for a resolution of this issue ever since.

It should be noted that this demand for repayment only goes back six years, the full amount expended on these allowances to Chief Police Officers may involve other officers, in addition to those identified, who have since retired.  Consequently the full figure may be very much higher than the released figure of £99,866.00, and involve other parties.

Mrs Mulligan and Chief Constable Jones went on to state :

“It will be the first time North Yorkshire Police will have published a report of this nature, and is in stark contrast to the old way of doing business and keeping reports like these under lock and key.”

The outcome

Mrs Mulligan and Chief Constable Jones issued a joint statement yesterday confirming that they would not be pursuing recovery of the funds:

We are continuing to urge Mr Maxwell and Mr Briggs to pay back taxpayers’ money that they should not have received. We believe there has been an overwhelming public argument put to them to return the funds, the reasons for which are highlighted in the report.”

“However, at the same time, we have to be pragmatic. At present, our specialist barrister’s clear advice is that the costs of taking this matter to court will outweigh any potential financial payback. This would in effect amount to throwing good money after bad, and we do not think that it is in the taxpayer’s interest.”

“One of the main obstacles to legal proceedings was the quality of the paperwork, and lack of personnel files, inherited from the Police Authority.  Although it remains the Police Authority appeared to act in good faith, it is highly regrettable and frustrating to have inherited this position, and we have taken steps to ensure this cannot happen again.  We also have to bear in mind this is an untested area of law, which makes the matter more complex still.”

Prior to the appointment of Mrs Mulligan as the Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) on 22 November 2012, remuneration of senior officers was approved by the North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board, and comprised the following persons:

  • Jane Kenyon (Chairman)
  • Bill Baugh (Vice Chairman)
  • Tony Hargreaves
  • Carl Les
  • Keith Orrell

The Real Whitby investigation

Following the furore over the IPCC report on Deputy Chief Constable Briggs allowances, Real Whitby exclusively published similar concerns about another four senior figures in North Yorkshire Police.  We also published similar concerns about Superintendent Ackerley and Assistant Chief Constable Collins which were known prior to the comment on Deputy Chief Constable Briggs.

A total of seven senior figures from North Yorkshire Police and the Police Authority, involving between £500,000 – £600,000 – not just the two referred to in the above statement involving a sum of £99,866.00.

The seven senior figures

1. Senior Figure A:  Former Deputy Chief Constable Adam Briggs

To quote the original article from the 8th of June 2012:

It then became clear that DCC Briggs had received £31,647.06 of expense payments, paid though an unauditable development allowance and which was illegally removed from the supervision of the Audit Commission (and run as a ‘slush fund’), which he could not account for. In addition, a further £11,750 of expenses payments that he had not yet received had been “authorised” for payment to him, by Chief Constable Maxwell’s PA.

To quote the IPCC report below: “The fact that the first two payments to Enabling Development were authorised by the CC’s Personal Assistant, without the knowledge of the CC or the force Finance Officer was unacceptable. The likelihood of any appropriate challenge to a senior officer’s financial claims from a subordinate staff member must have been very limited or non existent.”

Initially, the Police Authority declined to investigate the allegations. However, so serious were the allegations that, unusually, the IPCC took the investigation over and started to investigate DCC Briggs again. So, the Police Authority allowed DCC Briggs to retire, thereby preventing him from being convicted of misconduct.”

Throughout the investigation, DCC Briggs maintained his right to silence and refused to co-operate with the investigation. In the words of IPCC Commissioner Long:

It is utterly unacceptable that more than £30,000 of public funds can be handed to an officer without any means to audit how that money is used. Although the police authority stipulated what the money was to be used for, they did not check. Although Mr Briggs has retired, one would think he would want to take an opportunity to explain what he did with the money and why he claimed a further £11,750 from the public purse. I find his decision not to assist our investigation or answer our questions disappointing. It leaves us with an expenses claim that does not appear to withstand scrutiny and the actions of a senior police officer that do not appear justifiable. The police authority’s remit is to scrutinise the expenditure of a police force and hold the senior officers to account. It is utterly unacceptable therefore that more than £30,000 of public funds can be handed to an officer without any means to audit how that money is used.”

2. Senior Figure B:  Former Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell

The above allegations concerning DCC Briggs were widely commented on in the press.  The IPCC report (Paragraph 89) revealed that Chief Constable Maxwell had also received these unaudited (Paragraph 23) and unaccounted-for allowances:

However, the IPCC did not raise any questions about this aspect during its investigation and this was completely overlooked by the IPCC and the press.  By scrutinizing the accounts, I was able to determine that approximately £50,000 of these allowances had been paid to Chief Constable Maxwell. I broke this story exclusively in Real Whitby on the 8th of June 2012:

“The allegations of misconduct narrated above are well known in the public domain. However, senior Officer Expenses are required to be published in full on the North Yorkshire Police Website and my investigation has revealed further cause for concern:

Chief Constable Maxwell also received the same allowance as Deputy Chief Constable Briggs and like DCC Briggs, has apparently not accounted for an estimated £50,000 of expenditure paid to him”.

The article went on to state:

Scrutiny of his expenses shows that Chief Constable Maxwell has charged attendance at conferences and seminars in the UK, Amsterdam, Bahrain, Estonia and Copenhagen which should have been charged to his Development allowance, but was paid additionally as expenses of an additional £7,716.01.

The Chief Constable also charged expenditure to the Police for a visit to the Edinburgh Tattoo.”

I have not received any comment from North Yorkshire Police on the above concerns.

3. Senior Figure C:  Deputy Chief Constable (formerly Acting Chief Constable) Tim Madgwick

Chief Constable Madgwick’s biography  lists membership of the Special Olympics Group Board (SOGB) in his personal hobbies and interests, not as part of his police duties.  Yet he has received reimbursements of expenses incurred as a result of his participation in his private hobby of voluntary work with SOGB from the police.  This is a cause of concern because:

  • The expenditure Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick has been reimbursed for relates to his personal hobby. There is no accounting policy that I can find in the North Yorkshire Police accounts which permits police officers to submit expenses claims for their participation in a personal hobby and so far as I can tell, no other employee of North Yorkshire Police has received funds for indulging in his hobby.  It appears to be the case that the rules have been bent or ignored, thereby providing Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick with a pecuniary advantage not available to anyone else.
  • If Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick did not claim these sums from SOGB because he was not entitled to reimbursement from SOGB, then he should not then have claimed them from North Yorkshire Police.
  • Enquiries with North Yorkshire Police have confirmed that they do not know if he was entitled to have these sums reimbursed by SOGB or not, and made no enquiries with SOGB. This being the case, they should not have been reimbursed by North Yorkshire Police until this had been ascertained
  • Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick’s support for SOGB, while commendable and worthy,  has nothing to do with his employment as a police officer in North Yorkshire Police and he should have made application for repayment of these amounts to SOGB, not to North Yorkshire Police.  Police funds have thus been used to finance the operations of a third party organisation and this is not revealed in the accounts.

In my opinion, it is completely unacceptable for any public servant to have a special exemption to receive expenses for pursuing his hobby and constitutes another breach of financial control.

I have not received any comment from North Yorkshire Police on the above concerns, and – like former DCC Briggs – Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick has chosen not to respond, although he has had the opportunity to do so.

4. Senior Figure D:

On a number of occasions Senior Figure D charged overnight accommodation costs for a single days duty in London and other locations that appear to have been easily commutable in one day without the need for a stay in an expensive hotel.

I have not received any comment from North Yorkshire Police on the above concern, and – like DCC Madgwick and former DCC Briggs – Senior Figure D has chosen not to respond, despite being given the opportunity to do so.

5. Senior Figure E: 

To be covered in a separate article.

6.  Senior Figure F:  Assistant Chief Constable Dave Collins

Assistant Chief Constable David Collins, who went off on the sick in November 2008, claiming stress, was still off work in June 2009, on half of his £100,000 per annum salary. An investigation by the North Yorkshire Police Authority discovered that at the same time he was promoting his life coaching consultancy service and offering mentoring services via the internet.  When he discovered that the Police Authority wanted to take action against him he simply applied for retirement, thereby ensuring that no action would be taken and he received a six-figure sum for his 30 years of service. Jeremy Holderness, the Chief Executive of the North Yorkshire Police Authority, stated:

“Although the authority considered all options with regard to the conduct of Mr Collins in the circumstances, it was not possible to instigate formal disciplinary action against him as he was no longer a serving police officer”.

7.  Senior Figure G:  Superintendent Ackerley

Mrs Peta Ackerley the wife of the Police Superintendent in charge of NYPA police force training who received £385,438 from the force in payments to her training companies, companies which, according to an audit report, ‘often got work without going through proper procurement procedures’. Superintendent Ackerley escaped disciplinary action after his application to retire was accepted by Chief Constable Grahame Maxwell.

Phil Willis, M.P. for Harrogate and Knaresborough at the time, said:

  • “Hopefully, this brings to an end a period when NY Police had a cavalier attitude to accountability for public money”.

Well, obviously not.

The response of the various individuals responsible for oversight and financial control in North Yorkshire Police to these matters.

Mr Jeremy Holderness, former Chief Executive of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority

Mr Jeremy Holderness, Chief Executive of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority, (who wrote to DCC Briggs and CC Maxwell exempting the Chief Officers allowances from accounting and audit) tried to claim that these allowances were lawful and made public statements to this effect:

  • Such allowances are not unfamiliar in policing, or indeed many other avenues of business, and they are seen to be quite reasonable in the circumstances of employment of senior professionals.”

As I stated in the original article on the 8th of June 2012, “put simply, that is a lie. Payments to senior executives cannot be exempted from audit or accounting by law. Both Mr Holderness and the Chief Financial Officer Ms Carter had a duty to bring this to the attention of the Auditor”.

The recent announcement by Police and Crime Commissioner Mulligan now confirms that this grave allegation was correct and contrary to what Mr Holderness claimed at the time, there was in fact no legal basis for the payments.  I wrote to Mr Holderness asking him to give one single example of this type of allowance being used anywhere and he simply ignored my correspondence.

Councillor Carl Les, Member of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board

I wrote to Councillor Carl Les on June the 21st 2012 in the following terms:

“In his open letter dated 21st of May 2012, to Mr Julian Smith MP, Mr Holderness stated, “As always my members would be pleased to meet with you, or anyone, to discuss these and any other issues.”

On this basis Councillor Les, I would like to take up your offer. Please can you confirm a date in the very near future to meet”

Councillor Les did not respond. 

Councillor Jane Kenyon, Chair of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority and of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board

I then made arrangements to attend at North Yorkshire Police Headquarters at Newby Wiske Hall, to conduct a Public Rights Inspection Under Section 15 of the Audit Commission Act 1998, my intention being to examine the accounts, contracts, PAYE returns and expenses claims to get to the bottom of this matter, in the public interest. The week before I was due to make the Public Rights Inspection, Councillor Jane Kenyon, Chair of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority and of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board tried to have me arrested for harassment.

Following a letter from Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson alleging she had enough evidence to arrest me and giving me twenty eight days to appear at a Police Station in North Yorkshire to be arrested, I duly arrived at Fulford Road Police Station, York to be arrested and interviewed under caution. I was questioned about the article dated the 8th of  June 2012, which raised the above issues and was produced as evidence of my having committed a criminal offence by writing it. It soon emerged that there was no evidence of any offence, I was not in fact arrested, charged, cautioned, released on Police bail, given advice or even served with a harassment warning.PENNINGTONS_LETTER

However – and  revealingly – during the interview I was accused of having “damaged North Yorkshire Police” (which, although not an offence,  was obviously the real crux of the matter) and given a letter from Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson on force headed paper, accusing me of publishing “misleading” and “unfounded” allegations against unnamed officers and staff of North Yorkshire Police, threatening me with civil action on their behalf and demanding that I remove all my articles from Real Whitby, which would of course have included the article dated 8th of June 2012 that revealed the above misuse of police funds.

Quite apart from the fact that a Detective Superintendent is a senior serving police officer employed to enforce criminal law, DS Pearson has no responsibility for civil matters and is not competent, or authorized, to comment on them. The Police and Crime Commissioner´s comments show that my allegations concerning DCC Briggs and CC Maxwell contained in the article were entirely accurate. Yet nevertheless, Detective Superintendent Pearson tried to intimidate me into withdrawing it. A clear abuse of police powers.

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Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson:

  • Threatened a journalist with arrest without any evidence to support such an action.
  • Initiated a bogus criminal investigation into a journalist in joint enterprise with the Chair of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority County Councillor Jane Kenyon
  • Tried to pressurise a journalist into removing articles critical of the police, to conceal the misuse of police funds by senior Police Officers, while she was simultaneously conducting a criminal investigation.

This is perhaps a perfect example of suppressing criticism that Chief Constable Jones referred to when he made his reference to “the old way of doing business and keeping reports like these under lock and key”, which held sway prior to the arrival of Commissioner Mulligan and Chief Constable Jone – i.e. wen Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick was acting Chief Constable and Councillor Jane Kenyon was Chair of the North Yorkshire Police Authority.

Councillor Jane Kenyon has had the opportunity to comment on this article but has not done so

Ms Joanna Carter Chief Financial Officer of the North Yorkshire Police Authority (now Chief Executive of the North Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner’s Office) and Dr J Heeley, Police Authority Treasurer.

Having survived an interrogation under caution by two Detectives at Fulford Road Police Station on Friday the 27th of July, I was (I have to admit) somewhat shaken.

However, it takes more than the threat of arrest and imprisonment to stop a Chartered Accountant from completing an audit assignment. So, accordingly, I duly turned up at Newby Wiske Hall by appointment on the Monday the 30th of July 2012 to conduct the inspection of accounts under Section 15 of the Audit Commission Act, which allows any interested person to:

  • inspect the accounts to be audited and all books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts relating to them,

and

  • make copies of all or any part of the accounts and those other documents.

Although the Audit Commission had confirmed that I was entitled to see the ledger entries and supporting receipts of the expense claims and the Authority’s own notice stated that I could attend and see copies of all related books, deeds, contracts, bills, vouchers and receipts, when I arrived at Newby Wiske Hall for this purpose:

  • I was turned away without sight of any of the above information that I was entitled to see.
  • North Yorkshire Police would not confirm the makes of cars they issued to their Chief Officers, although this is information from the Fixed Assets Register (part of the accounting records) that I was entitled to see.
  • North Yorkshire Police claimed that my request to see the approved signatories list and the signing limits had been requested before and processed through the Freedom of Information Procedure, although I have received no response, have never been notified of this before and the signatory limits are part of the accounting policies and financial controls of the Authority, which I am entitled to see under the Audit Commission Act , irrespective of what may or may not have been disclosed under the Freedom of Information Act.
  • North Yorkshire Police would not provide a copy of the minute or policy allowing members of North Yorkshire Police to charge expenses of their private hobbies to North Yorkshire Police, which relates to accounting policies and financial control and this was also withheld, although it is part of the accounting policies which I was entitled to see.
  • North Yorkshire Police would not provide information on how many people were allowed to charge expenditure on their hobby to the Police.

The basis for this refusal was that my enquiries constituted “identification of the individual”.  Clearly it did not; and this ignores the fact that every named individual in whom I have expressed an interest is either a member of the Police Authority or a Chief Police Officer, and is therefore a public figure, publicly identified by name and photograph, who has implicitly accepted that he or she would be subject to this level of public scrutiny as a proper and appropriate consequence of the position to which each of them had been appointed.

Undeterred, I then wrote to Ms Carter, outlining my reasons for the request and asking her to voluntarily disclose the information I had requested, so that the above matters could be cleared up and I received an e mail from her with an attached letter from the Police Authority Treasurer Dr Heeley stating that I had received “all of the information you are lawfully entitled to”.  Which is obviously not true and simply beggars belief.

Mr Mark Kirkham:  Audit Commission District Auditor.

I wrote formally to the district auditor Mr Kirkham at the end of August 2012 formally raising my concerns and in particular that;

1). According to the evidence of the Police Authority and the IPCC, the Chief Officers Development Allowances had been excluded from the accounting and audit, although this is unlawful. “It is clear from press comment that the Chief Officers’ Development Allowances were not supported by any receipts for many years.  In my view this should have been discovered by the audit and indicates that the Chief Officer’s Development Allowances were not in fact audited, as per the Police Authority statement.

2). The Chief Constable’s and Deputy Chief Constable’s  Development Allowance should not have been paid without deduction of tax or production of receipts. This could mean that the PAYE returns and forms P11D were inaccurate.

and

3). According to the IPCC, expenses had been approved by a PA who was not an appropriate approved signatory for approving expenses, indicating that there had been a complete failure of segregation of duties, approval limits and financial control.

His response is set out below:

  • Chief Constable’s Development Allowance – we have already discussed the concern you had that the scope of my audit had in some way been constrained. I explained that my audit objectives are determined by statute and the Code of Audit Practice prepared by the Audit Commission and approved by Parliament.  This requires me to comply with the auditing standards issued by the Financial Reporting Council.  Neither statute nor the Code exclude any item of account from the scope of my audit.
  • PAYE Returns – in my view you have not provided sufficient information or set out grounds for me to take action. Your reference to a condition being possible does not indicate why this is a matter for audit attention at this entity.
  • Public inspection – as discussed during our telephone conversation on 17 August, my role does not involve adjudicating over the inspection process.
  • Audit scope – I have not seen information that involves grounds for me to take action. I explained why during our telephone conversation on 17 August.
  • Approved signatory list – whether or not you received a copy of an approved signatory list is not sufficient grounds for a report in the public interest.
  • Expenses for hobby – if there are grounds underpinning your concern they are not understood from the communication.
  • Payments to Chief Constable – your email does not include details of payments and you have not provided sufficient information for me to take action.

“Thank you for bringing these points to my attention. I will treat them as information presented to me as part of my audit, consider their impact on my responsibilities, and report the results of any work that I carry out to management, the Authority and/or the public if I decide that is appropriate.”

This, of course, ignored the fact that, having been unlawfully prevented  from conducting a Public Rights Inspection, it was impossible for me to provide the detail that Mr Kirkham required.  The Public Rights Inspection is an important part of the financial controls and also of open democratic oversight of a public body.  There was,  in my view,  enough information to justify the formal challenge to the accounts and for a report in the public interest to be issued.

Nevertheless, in October 2012 Mr Kirkham did go on to report to the Police Authority in his annual letter that unlawful payments of allowances had been made., as I had originally alleged to him.

The recent press activity and attempt to reclaim the funds  follows the response of the Police & Crime Commissioner to the audit findings Mr Kirkham presented to the Police Authority. His views were made public during the meeting of the Police Authority in September 2012, leading directly to the failed attempt by Commissioner Mulligan to reclaim the funds from Chief Constable Maxwell and Deputy Chief Constable Briggs.

Chief Constable Dave Jones

Chief Constable Jones is refusing to release the transcript of the interview under caution or a copy of Councillor Jane Kenyon’s witness statement and is keeping them under lock and key.  He is also refusing to respond to correspondence on this matter, on the basis that it is contrary to “the efficient and effective use of publicly funded resources”.

Deputy Chief Constable Tim Madgwick

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The allegations against me involve senior officers from North Yorkshire Police, the former Police Authority and the office of the Police and Crime Commissioner. It should therefore have been investigated impartially by officers from another force. Instead, it was kept ‘in house’ and investigated by North Yorkshire Police.

Although my concerns have now been completely vindicated and it is clear that it was in the public interest to raise them,  Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick recently wrote to me confirming that I still remain a suspect in the harassment of Councillor Jane Kenyon and threatened me with arrest and civil proceedings if I continued to comment or express opinions on North Yorkshire Police, which of course includes the above issues in which he is involved. This is despite the fact that he is personally involved in unresolved aspects of this case, has a vested interest in suppressing comment on it, and is currently directing a criminal investigation in which he has an absolutely blatant conflict of interest.

Summary

No other police force in the UK that I am aware of has had this level of financial misconduct cases over several years, which – when taken together – amount to arguably the worst case of mismanagement of police funds since the Deputy Finance Director of the Metropolitan Police was jailed for fraud in 1995.

It is important to state that there could be an innocent explanation for all of these matters. However, my concern is that there appears to be a cultural refusal by senior members of North Yorkshire Police to submit to lawful public scrutiny, any attempt to make it accountable for public money, or to accept press scrutiny. The situation appears symptomatic of an organisation suffering from:

  • A serious and blatant failure of financial control over many years.
  • Refusal to comply with accounting policies, the Audit Commission Act and normal standards of financial probity.
  • A refusal to declare connected transactions.
  • A complete failure of the internal and external audit process over many years.
  • Issue of falsehood and abuse of police powers of arrest, to conceal misconduct and failures of accounting and financial control.
  • A policy of retiring police officers accused of misconduct, to prevent them facing any consequences for their actions.  A practice that has now been prohibited by Home Secretary Theresa May.

It appears that my efforts have identified failures in financial control and, by raising this as an issue, I had hoped to assist in obtaining the repayment to police funds and improving standards of financial control.

This was clearly a lawful act and in the public interest, as was my attempt to conduct a Public Rights Inspection.

Whilst I understand that no one likes a whistleblower, the response of North Yorkshire Police has been to forward a file on me to the CPS and requested my prosecution for harassment, thereby making me the first Chartered Accountant in the history of the accounting profession to be threatened with arrest and prosecution, for helping the police to recover £100,000 of misappropriated public funds. This was done at the request of the then Chair of the former Police Authority – and its successor organization, the Office of the Police & Crime Commissioner for North Yorkshire, is apparently supporting this action.

A harassment complaint would normally be investigated by a Uniform Branch Constable. My case is being investigated by a team consisting of Deputy Chief Constable Madgwick, the Force Solicitor, Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson (arguably one of the most capable and formidable detectives in North Yorkshire Police CID), two of the most senior detectives in North Yorkshire Police CID (each with thirty years of experience of criminal investigations) and solicitors from the Crown Prosecution Service, who have now engaged specialist legal counsel.

I understand this is the level of police effort normally allocated to pursuing an armed and dangerous target criminal or a drug dealer and is obviously another misuse of police funds and (to quote Chief Constable Dave Jones) contrary to “the efficient and effective use of publicly funded resources”.

Coming Next

The strange case of Senior Figure E

The Audit Commission, Police and Crime Commissioner, North Yorkshire Police, Councillor Jane Kenyon and Commissioner Butts of the IPCC have all had the opportunity to comment on this article but have not done so.

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26 Responses to North Yorkshire Police Senior Figures’ Payments Scandal


  1. Richard Ineson Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 3:26 pm

    “A good police force catches more criminals than it employs” Sir Robert Mark.

    I think that these few words capture the essence of this remarkable story,surely somebody in authority is going to do something about this catalogue of gross mismanagement of North Yorkshire Police, under the auspices of the former North Yorkshire Police Authority and the North Yorkshire Police Authority Management Board?

    Not to mention the £28,400 Della Canning Memorial Shower and the £500,000 spent on Range Rover and Volvo V70 motor vehicles, purchased for the use of senior police officers as ‘command posts’ whatever they are/were. The officers concerned were not qualified to drive these vehicles on police business but they were allowed to purchase them, at a discount, some time later. A Merry Christmas and trebles, no as it’s Christmas, make them quads, all round. Ho! Ho! Ho!

  2. Richard Ineson Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 3:56 pm

    “Assistant Chief Constable David Collins, who went off on the sick in November 2008, claiming stress, was still off work in June 2009, on half of his £100,000 per annum salary. An investigation by the North Yorkshire Police Authority discovered that at the same time he was promoting his life coaching consultancy service and offering mentoring services via the internet.”

    It was (at the time) Chief Constable and personal hygiene fanatic, Della ‘I enjoy a good shower’ Canning who discovered Collins manning his sales pitch at a police shindig, and she reported him to the NYPA. The most serious aspect of this incident is that Collins was on sick leave from his police duties, and would obviously, unless he was employed on ‘special conditions’ have been receiving ‘sick pay’ from the Department of Work and Pensions. Anyone drawing this benefit is not allowed to do any kind of work without notifying the DoWP and getting approval beforehand. Did Collins get such approval/permission? If not, could the DoWP reclaim any money from/prosecute Collins, if he was in fact claiming sick pay unlawfully. If he was well enough to promote his own business, why was he too ill to perform his police duties? I think that we should be told.

  3. Paul Saunderson Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    An investigation would cost too much money? Sounds like a flimsy excuse to me.

    If all the retired chief officers of NYP were found to have committed fraud, their assets could be seized and their generous pensions stopped, so more than covering the cost of any investigation.

    But if Maxwell & Co were really taken to the cleaners, where would it stop?

    Well, Carl Les is certainly in the frame.

    And let us not forget North Yorks Country Councillor Patrick Mulligan, a double-dipper. It it not mere coincidence that he has the same surname as Police Commissioner Julia Mulligan.

    Charity starts at home, so the saying goes. Maybe dealing with fraudulent expense claims should start at home too.

    Or is this case also too expensive to pursue?

    One could suggest that Julia Mulligan should resign, as she has a conflict of interests here.

    I know, pigs might fly (and pay back the money they have stolen from the taxpayer).

  4. dennis stockhall Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 7:06 pm

    It seems there are more crooks in the police force ,petty crooks apply for a job in yorkshire ,and get away with corruption ,,,can I apply ,I’m out of work ,can I get away with thousands make my xmas,,,lol

  5. Steve Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Same old story over and over. It makes you wonder if it will cost far too much taking each one of them to court, but then they all know this from the start so it’s a get-out clause. Yet if I stole or committed a £5 fraud the authorities would spend what ever it cost to take me to court, just like the £25 parking ticket I got stating I was “60 seconds over”. That’s the information I received by Marcia Squidd by email. Yet a one way road was cut off as I was there because of workmen, with no notice, yet they are pursuing me. they make me laugh with their excuses. It’s all a plan from the start. If not, that’s what it appears like to the general public.
    Great article Tim. Well done!

  6. Paul Saunderson Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    Sorry, I missed a point earlier. I had to laugh at this one:

    “Detective Superintendent Heather Pearson (arguably one of the most capable and formidable detectives in North Yorkshire Police CID”

    Well, if she is “one of the most capable and formidable detectives in North Yorkshire Police CID”, then is it any wonder that Savile was able to abuse children for 50 years on her patch without being detected?

    If she were really a “capable and formidable detective”, then why hasn’t she got the biggest criminal gang in North Yorkshire – North Yorkshire Police – locked up?

    And when presented with the evidence showing that a York social worker feigned a burglary of his own mother’s house to cover the theft of her property undertaken with the support of her officers, she did not detect that crime.

    I would say that at best, she is a waste of space and an utterly useless detective.

    • Tim Hicks Reply

      December 20, 2013 at 8:04 pm

      Detective Superintendent Pearson does not feature in the investigation into Savile and Jaconelli, so far as I am aware.

      Best regards,

      Tim

      • Paul Saunderson Reply

        December 20, 2013 at 9:30 pm

        Clearly you are not Yorkshire born and bred. Up here, we know what is going on.

  7. Steve Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 9:46 pm

    I have a question is the money paid tax free or not and what bank account is it paid in to their own?

    • Tim Hicks Reply

      December 20, 2013 at 10:10 pm

      Good Question. Because I was prevented from conducting a public rights Inspection I do not know for certain.

      However, the amounts were paid as an allowance, not as salary, which would mean that they did not have tax deducted. As I state above “The Chief Constable’s and Deputy Chief Constable’s Development Allowance should not have been paid without deduction of tax or production of receipts. This could mean that the PAYE returns and forms P11D were inaccurate.”

      Best regards,

      Tim

  8. Pete Budd Reply

    December 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

    These payments are gifts

    • Richard Ineson Reply

      December 21, 2013 at 12:07 pm

      Nobody asked me if i wanted to give them a gift, had they done so, the answer would have been no.

  9. Steve Reply

    December 21, 2013 at 12:19 am

    I was under the impression that gifts were not allowed according to the tax man or flavours?

  10. Alan Reply

    December 21, 2013 at 10:52 am

    Anyone who can write “Although it remains the Police Authority appeared to act in good faith” with its standard of literacy is clearly showing signs of unease at what they are penning, and quite rightly! To remove any type of action because it would possibly cost more money than would be gained is unbelievable – if this course of action were to be taken for all crimes, then very few petty matters would be taken to court. That such a statement comes from the Police Commissioner and a Chief Constable – assuming it to be true – then it is disgraceful. Even worse – it is not up to those persons to decide whether or not to prosecute, it is the Crown Prosecution Service’s role to do that. One can only suspect that CPS has not even been informed, and that the decision to prosecute or not has been taken by those issuing the statement. Quite simply, it stinks.
    Another excellent article Tim – very well done indeed.

    • Paul Saunderson Reply

      December 22, 2013 at 6:52 am

      Jane Kenyon, acting in good faith? Acting, maybe, but not in good faith!

  11. Richard Ineson Reply

    December 22, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    This is what Miss Kenyon says about wasteful public expenditure. “This money could have been better spent on play equipment for children or services for the elderly to improve their quality of life”.

    Councillor Clegg’s advice on such matters is this, “When Whitby people want to show their concerns, they will go to Scarborough and they will go to Northallerton and make sure that the Councillors who speak for them, speak with a firm and reliable voice”.

    So there you have it, Miss Kenyon agrees that money such as this, nearly £100,000, could have been spent more wisely, and Councillor Clegg seems willing to speak for us on matters such as this with ‘a firm and reliable voice’ in Scarborough and Northallerton, so our elected representatives are seemingly,on our side, we just need them to tell us when they are going to translate their words into action. Merry Christmas everybody, and as usual, trebles all round.

  12. Nigel Reply

    December 23, 2013 at 10:18 am

  13. Steve Reply

    December 23, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I would suspect that The Chief Constable’s and Deputy Chief Constable all ready knew that if it comes out we will refuse to pay it back and the rest of the legal team will go along with stating “It’s not economically viable to try and recover the money” Yet it’s always economically viable to chase the rest of England for £5 even if it costs them thousands so whats the difference or is something going on here?

  14. David Clark Reply

    January 3, 2014 at 2:16 pm

    The New Year 2014 brings the 40th. anniversary of the conclusion of the J.G.L. Poulson Corruption Trial. Mr. Justice Waller sat through the trial , it lasted 52 days at the time one of the longest in legal history. Has one of the participants in the trial been active in public life in North Yorkshire and beyond since the period of time after the trial to the present.

  15. David Clark Reply

    January 6, 2014 at 10:30 am

    This is the trial at which “Miss X ” made an appearance.

    • Tim Thorne Reply

      January 6, 2014 at 5:10 pm

      Is it possible to get transcripts of the trial?

  16. David Clark Reply

    January 15, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Mr.Tim Thorne, I have been in touch with West Yorkshire Police they tell me that it is not possible to obtain a transcript of the trial. They put me in contact with an office in Sheffield who knew of the trial they advised that they only kept such documents for a period of 5years after the ending of a trial. I asked what I could the gentleman said “Ask the Police”.

    • Tim Thorne Reply

      January 16, 2014 at 2:50 pm

      David, surely the Old Bailey would be the best place to ask for trial transcripts? That is where the Stephen Ward trial took place. Other people are asking for them after revelations about an MI5 agent admitting to killing Stephen Ward?

  17. David Clark Reply

    January 17, 2014 at 11:02 am

    Tim Thorne. The Poulson Corruption Trial took place at Leeds Crown Court, lasting 52 days it ended according to my information on the 17th. March 1974. I have no idea what the Old Bailey has to do with it.

    • Tim Thorne Reply

      January 17, 2014 at 5:04 pm

      David, your reference to ‘Miss X’ made me think you were referring to the Profumo scandal, which culminated in the trial of Stephen Ward at the Old Bailey. I need to read a book on the Poulson affair I think. What is Miss X alleged to have gotten up as part of the Poulsen affair?

  18. Steve Reply

    January 17, 2014 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Tim, I have the Poulson book (The Price).


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