. . . . without a warrant or even a scintilla of evidence.
For decades, I held on to my childhood belief that the Police were there to help me as a ‘good guy’, and would only arrest the naughty people.
This was until Devon and Cornwall Police instructed North Yorkshire Police to arrest me, without any evidence or warrant, from a false allegation generated by officers of Devon and Cornwall Police, from incorrect profiling and through non-evidence based policing. I can only assume from their tactics that they thought they had ‘Mr.Big’ of the paedophile world. In reality, all they had was me; a Head of House, a former Head of Care of two special schools and a retiree, who had returned to work in education for financial reasons. I had dedicated my life to caring about and dealing with other peoples children, having never harmed a soul throughout my career nor in any other part of my life.
I had been a successful but naïve academic, who failed to recognise the brutal ‘real world’, where those given power will abuse and get away with it. The writings of Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn (the Noble peace winner) resonates; ‘Unlimited power in the hands of those with limited capacity always leads to cruelty. You can maintain power over people, as long as you give them something. Rob a man of everything and that man will no longer be in your power’.
As a true victim of the times and a consequence to circumstance, I have been robbed of nearly everything, with my life out of control and I struggle to emotionally sustain my tenuous life, with the little I have left resulting from that which has been inflicted on me by the Police services. I live with the constant turmoil that lacks trust in others and stops my life journey onwards.
In early 2014, a UK Professor in Criminal Law highlighted the basic position (to me) that . . . .
"It is notoriously difficult to salvage a reputation after an erroneous arrest, and there are few, if any, opportunities for redress."
A position which was supported by a former Conservative government minister, describing to me much of the battle I would endure if I wanted to challenge the Police's actions. He said: "You never get any redress with the Police and if you do, it will be insignificant. It is likely to be a massive feat of endurance along the way" He went on to ask did I have "the stomach to pursue the police. As they will pull out all stops to protect their colleagues and position, regroup, refuse to divulge information under the guise of 'data protection' and will delay and delay in their responses, in the hope that statutory time limitations (on the governance of addressing complaints) would come into effect, preventing any real discussion". . ." with the worst-case scenario (for anyone challenging the behaviour of an officer) was the retirement of officers placing themselves beyond investigation and questioning in complaints procedures". Further to this, a barrister argued: "Any police lies or deceit are difficult to expose unless they are subject to a subpoena issued through a public inquiry court jurisdiction of the 'Hillsborough Inquiry' level".
'Boy O'boy' How right they were. This is a plain iniquity and an affront to any natural justice and any fairness.
My 'hero' is Christopher Jefferies, who was falsely accused of a murder. He has written much about his experience of being on the radar of the Police. He talked about his detainment and the subsequent actions of the Police.
"At the time it felt as if the police were deliberately playing a game - promising the ordeal would soon be over and then finding it necessary to prolong the wait. It was a form of psychological torture."
This website is my factual account and 'journal', describing the impact of a false allegation, made by Devon and Cornwall Constabulary, and how it has fundamentally challenged my law-abiding and rule-following individual mindset; more so, it has changed my naïve views on accusations, allegations, arrests and the impact it has on the 'common man', when arrested without just cause from a serious allegation, released with Police bail and all the time delays in inquiries; then to discover that there was to be no redress when the truth about my innocence was revealed.
What is most impacting is when the police themselves are able to make an 'unsupported' and non-evidenced allegations and get away with it. After my arrest my financial losses are yet to be determined, as the event destroyed my career (something I relied on to pay the mortgage); the emotional impact has been devastating and the event has broken most of my former relationship security I had with friends, family and former acquaintances. It has also severely corrupted my cosy, naive, trusting and simple view on fairness, the legal system and the Police service.