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OPEN LETTER TO NORTH YORKSHIRE COUNTY COUNCILLOR CARL LES. MEMBER OF NORTH YORKSHIRE POLICE AUTHORITY AND CONSERVATIVE CANDIDATE FOR THE POST OF POLICE AND CRIME COMMISSIONER FOR NORTH YORKSHIRE
Dear Councillor Les,
I am writing to you in your capacity as a member of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and the Conservative candidate for the post of Police & Crime Commissioner in North Yorkshire.
I have read the various and continuing allegations of serious high-level corruption in North Yorkshire Police and the North Yorkshire Police Authority raised over the past two years, in local and national press, and in Parliament, with mounting incredulity.
The North Yorkshire Police Authority has been extensively criticised in the press and by the IPCC over failure to control Chief Officers Expenses:
No Chief Police Officer or member of the Police Authority denies these allegations; they are all simply maintaining their right to silence and the Police Authority allows them to do this.
In the Hofschröer fraud case, a gang of corrupt police officers (known as the “Inspector Moriarty Gang”) based at Fulford Road Police Station in York, and at Force Headquarters at Newby Wiske Hall, Northallerton have tried to pull off a 500,000 Euro criminal fraud against an old-age pensioner, leaving her destitute and stranded in Austria. Again, they have been protected by the Police Authority and by Chief Police Officers. No police officer will comment on these allegations; all are maintaining their right to silence. I will be naming each of these officers in Real Whitby in an article later this week.
Now, your colleagues Conservative Councillor Kenyon and Councillor Miller, are publicly accused of the gravest possible allegations of corruption and the criminal offence of Misconduct in Public Office, a crime that is punishable by life imprisonment:
Again, there has been no response from the Police Authority at all; no one denies these allegations are true, and Councillor Kenyon has simply chosen to exercise her right to silence. Well, I am afraid that this does not serve the public interest. The public expect a much higher standard of conduct and open accountability than this.
How can you and every one of your colleagues on the Police Authority, including three Justices’ of the Peace, support a position where the Conservative Chairman of the North Yorkshire Police Authority and another Councillor, her life-partner, have been openly accused of a serious criminal offence and do not deny it; they simply refuse to respond to it?
How can this be consistent with the policy of your party to be open and transparent in government and to oppose corruption, or the public duty of yourself and every member of the Police Authority? Councillor Clark was right when he stated to the Yorkshire Post that you should all be swept away.
Surely you acknowledge that Councillor Kenyon and Councillor Miller must immediately and publicly rebutt these allegations credibly, line by line, or resign?
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 with myself and my team?
I, the Real Whitby readership and the public at large look forward to hearing from you with a date and time.
Timothy Hicks FCA
For Barbara Hofschröer