Full Leicestershire Police Statement: Force ‘Disappointed’

For clarity the previous statement was from the police commissioner.

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The decision not to prosecute a man suspected of sexually abusing vulnerable children who were resident in Leicestershire care homes in the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s has been criticised by Leicestershire Police.

The Director of Public Prosecutions has today announced that, despite sufficient evidence gathered over two years, it would not be in the public interest to bring charges against the alleged offender who is now in his 80s.

Assistant Chief Constable Roger Bannister of Leicestershire Police, who has overseen the investigation, said he believed the decision was “the wrong one” and it would do little to support and encourage victims of sexual abuse to come forward.

He said: “Thanks primarily to the courage of 25 victims who have made a complaint and the complete professionalism of the investigation team, we have built a case that the DPP has acknowledged is the result of a thorough investigation, evidentially sufficient and gives rise to a realistic chance of conviction.

“There is credible evidence that this man carried out some of the most serious sexual crimes imaginable over three decades against children who were highly vulnerable and the majority of whom were in care.

“I am extremely worried about the impact the decision not to prosecute him will have on those people, and more widely I am worried about the message this decision sends out to others , both past and present, who have suffered and are suffering sexual abuse.

“We are exploring what possible legal avenues there may be to challenge this decision and victims themselves have a right to review under a CPS procedure.”

The investigation, codenamed Operation Enamel, traced 25 people who allege that they were sexually abused by the man who held a position of authority in Leicester. Legal reasons prevent the force from naming him.

During the course of the investigation, more than 2,000 individuals were seen and 442 statements taken. Detectives pursued more than 2,700 lines of enquiry, and seized/created nearly 600 exhibits including cine film and videos.

On July 24th last year, the senior investigating officer submitted a comprehensive file of evidence to the Crown Prosecution Service seeking advice as to a prosecution. In November, a further note was submitted to the CPS from Lead Counsel – a senior barrister, representing the investigation – specifically addressing why a prosecution was in the public interest.

In total, more than 6,000 pages of case file material have been supplied to the CPS.

Last week, as a result of contact from the DPP, the Chief Constable submitted a further, detailed document setting out why he felt it was firmly in the interests of the victims and the public to bring a prosecution.

ACC Bannister said: “Throughout this investigation, we and other partners have done everything we reasonably can to support the victims and to encourage them to explain what happened to them all those years ago. For the victims, this process has been traumatic, having to relive appalling events from their childhood which have scarred their adult lives. For some experienced investigators, it has been utterly harrowing listening to their accounts.

“Despite the decision of the DPP, our determination to seek justice for those who have been abused as children, particularly by those who have used their “status” to facilitate such crimes, remains undeterred. This man is not the only individual being investigated by Operation Enamel and our determination to bring others to justice is undaunted. The circumstances of this decision are very specific and I would still urge other victims to come forward. There is considerable support available from charities and other organisations. “

Support available from various agencies

NSPCC The NSPCC is working in partnership with Leicestershire Police to ensure that support is in place for any person who is involved in this investigation and would like to seek support.

The NSPCC Helpline is a free, 24-hour service staffed by professionals from a range of backgrounds, who have experience of responding to adults who are worried about a child, or who have experienced or witnessed abuse themselves. Advisors are available to talk through any feelings, worries, or concerns that you may have, or to share information with other agencies on your behalf, whenever you feel the need.

The NSPCC understands how experiencing or witnessing abuse can affect someone at all stages of their life, and how difficult it can be to speak up or seek support as an adult.

The Helpline can be contacted by telephone on 0808 800 5000, e-mail to help@nspcc.org.uk or text to 88858. The service is free to contact and available 24-hours-a-day, so if you feel that you’d like to speak to someone, you can choose when and how you contact the service. Advisors will share information that is relevant to the investigation, or to the current well-being of a child, with Leicestershire Police, but you can contact the Helpline anonymously if you do not wish to disclose who you are. Advisors will be able to listen to you, to talk through how you’re feeling, and to help you to think about the options that are available to you in terms of accessing longer-term support.

First Step

First Step is for male survivors of sexual abuse and their supporters. It offers free confidential face-to-face counselling sessions with trained counsellors. By contacting ‘Cas’ she will ensure you are provided with prompt support.

Website: http://www.firststepleicester.org.uk

Cas’s mobile number: 07581 568144 (you can text Cas to request a call back – let her know when would be a good time. She only needs your first name and a number)

The National Association for People Abused in Childhood (NAPAC) This charity was set up by survivors for survivors and anyone who supports them.

NAPAC provides a free support phone line. The times are on their website as well as other useful information and support. This might suit your needs if you don’t want to speak to someone face-to-face. Website: http://www.napac.org.uk. Phone: 0800 085 3330

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25 responses to “Full Leicestershire Police Statement: Force ‘Disappointed’

  1. jan

    Only took leave of absence in October 2014 – very convenient. Shades of Ernest Saunders.

    http://www.parliament.uk/biographies/lords/lord-janner-of-braunstone/880
    Lord Janner of Braunstone
    LEAVE OF ABSENCE SINCE 13 OCTOBER 2014

    Full title The Lord Janner of Braunstone QC
    Name Greville Janner
    Party/group Labour
    Joined the Lords 25 October 1997

    ** Still a member of the following organisations including The Association for Jewish YOUTH, believe it or not.

    ** Vice-President The Jewish Leadership Council 2010-
    ** President Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women 2009-
    ** Member of the Advisory Board Community Security Trust 2006-
    ** Joint-President, Founder and Trustee The Coexistence Trust 2005-
    Chairman Lord Forte Foundation 1995-11
    Founder and President Maimonides Foundation 1993-02
    ** Vice-President World Jewish Congress 1991-
    Founder and President of World Executive International Parliamentary Council Against Anti-Semitism 1990-97
    ** Founding Chairman International Council of Jewish Parliamentarians 1988-
    ** Chairman and Co-Founder The Holocaust Educational Trust 1987-
    President Jewish Museum 1985-01
    ** Board of Directors United Jewish Israel Appeal 1985-
    ** President and Co-Founder The Commonwealth Jewish Council 1982-
    ** President REACH 1982-
    President National Council of Soviet Jewry 1979-85
    President The Board of Deputies of British Jews 1979-85
    ** Vice-President Association for Jewish Youth 1970-

    • Sabre

      Interesting biography, virtually every organisation he played a major part in was mainly or exclusively serving the interests of Jewish people.
      So much for the modern liberal canon of plurality and inclusiveness.

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  3. Well if he’s not able to appear in court as a witness he’s also not able to prosecute a libel case. If it doesn’t get to court I hope the victims make their stories public.

    • Last of the Truffle Snorting Heroes

      A very interesting point. How could one prove they had been libelled if they were so uncertain of their past?

    • Sabre

      His inadequacy as a witness is irrelevant as far as a libel action is concerned. His legal team would represent him as a plaintiff, they would adduce evidence as to ‘the words complained of’ with the intention of proving that a) they were published and b) that they were defamatory and injurious as to the reputation of the plaintiff.

      He has probably been advised that a defence of ‘justification’ would be advanced by defendants and that it may well succeed.
      Secondary considerations would be cost, the possibility of evidence being adduced that may well be admissible in potential future criminal proceedings, heretofore silent witnesses breaking cover, worse publicity.

  4. jan

    Alzheimers since 2009??? Pull the other one!

    Jewish Volunteering Network
    Internships – An Insider’s View
    2011
    Parliament Session
    On 18th February 2011 our group of interns from
    Jewish organisations met at Parliament to visit the
    House of Lords and the House of Commons. Lord
    Greville Janner of Braunstone guided us through the
    corridors and buildings. Lord Janner is a real character
    with a great sense of humour and had so much energy
    we were struggling to keep up with him! The whole
    group really appreciated the time Lord Janner took
    out of his schedule to show us around.
    [page 2] http://www.jvn.org.uk/files/?m=44&s=1&l=1

    • Becky

      Reports state he has dementia, *but this might not necessarily be Alzheimer’s. If Lord Janner has Vascular Dementia, then his mental capacities can get wiped out suddenly through a large stroke or a series of mini-strokes. A bad TIA can push an octogenarian from early stage dementia to late stage dementia within 24 hours.

      • AlanB

        If this is the case, then why not report him having had a large stroke or a series of mini-strokes?

  5. Reblogged this on TheFlippinTruth and commented:
    Was he a member of the magic circle??

  6. jan

    And nearly two years later – November 2012 – here is a picture of Janner in Ma’alot, Israel, where a childrens nursery was named in his honour.

    Jewish Chronicle
    Lord Janner honoured by Israel
    November 8, 2012

    A jubilant Lord Janner raises a woven artwork made for him by the children of the Ma’alot Tarshiha kindergarten in the Galileee.

    The nursery, attended by Jewish and Arab children, has been named in Lord Janner’s honour by the state of Israel, to mark his service to the Jewish community and the state.

    At the dedication ceremony, attended by the British ambassador to Israel, Matthew Gould, the mayor of Ma’alot, Shlomo Buhbut, and the deputy mayor of Tarshiha, George Ablini, a plaque was unveiled renaming the school the Lord Greville Janner Education Centre.

    Mayor Buhbut said: “ You cannot tell at this kindergarten if a child is Jewish or Arab. That is what is so wonderful about our town. Lord Janner, you are not afraid of challenges and building bridges. There is no better place in Israel than to have our kindergarten named for you
    http://www.thejc.com/news/uk-news/89972/lord-janner-honoured-israel

  7. jan

    Janner attended the Lords 27 times between November and December 2013 according to this report, but 16 months later he ‘needs round the clock care’

    Daily Mail
    Although the peer attended the Lords 15 times in November 2013, claiming £2,100 in daily allowances, and another 12 times in December 2013, it was reported shortly after police raided his home on December 20 that he was suffering from severe dementia.
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2779973/Report-reveals-extent-allegations-against-ex-MP-Greville-Janner.html#ixzz3XU7yRjTD

  8. Jack

    A wicked day, a day that will live in infamy. The day Our legal system died.

    • I prefer to see it as a day more people in this country woke up to the abuses of power going on to protect political interests. Child abuse doesn’t t’t matter to politicians, that’s the message thousands received today.

      I haven’t seen this level of outrage so far, from police, journalists, personalities and public online as today.

      I’d suggest the CPS needs investigating as part of a CSA inquiry to ask why they chose today to release Lord janner, paedophile, from the threat of prosecution. Three weeks before an election and on the day of a TV debate on the BBC involving the labour leader.

      It utterly stinks.

    • Sabre

      The day that the great unwashed finally realised that it had died at conception.

  9. piers

    I notice that the crown were perfectly capable of trying someone who had dementia in absentia for similar crimes

    http://www.westernmorningnews.co.uk/Man-guilty-abusing-age-girls/story-11746382-detail/story.html

    Perhaps the cps should be asked why it was possible with that case and not with janner

  10. jan

    Two days ago:

    West Heath Road Seasons ( I think this is residents association)
    14/04/2015 Lord G.E. Janner has left the board
    http://companycheck.co.uk/company/02610553

  11. SamC

    Who, exactly, has said it would not be in the public interest?

    • Sabre

      The public are never consulted, that which interests the public is very different to the public interest.

      The Attorney General or DPP, look after our interests for which we are of course all truly grateful.

  12. SamC

    Never mind, I now know. Been looking at an old aangirfan blog for god knows how long.

  13. chrisb

    Of no compensation to Janner’s victims, I know. However, it is good to see that there are now police officers who will treat paedophiles for what they are and not defer to their status, be they MPs or Lords.

    I think we should also remember that Frank Beck died of food poisoning in prison. The obvious question is: ‘was he murdered?’

    Then there are questions that the CPS should be answering, even if Janner does not see the inside of a courtroom. Why was he not investigated or prosecuted before? Who was protecting him?

    My thoughts are with those who suffered and are still denied justice.

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  15. Sabre

    Explains why Oxfordshire police swooped on us and took examples of our leaflets away in ’96 or ’97. They were looking after uncle Greville !