On 11th January 2017 I had attended West Mercia Police HQ with ‘Fed Rep 1’ where, Chief Inspector Jane Francis spoke with me about my grievance. Jo Holding was present as HR Officer & note taker. The meeting lasted a considerable time.
Part of my concerns raised were about the ‘meeting’ with Stephen Davies on 25th July 2016. I said that he treated me with absolutely no respect in the meeting. There was no discussion and Stephen Davies was extremely animated as he was talking about, ‘Those people’. I said that i knew straight away that it wasn’t right. I said that I didn’t ‘pigeon-hole’ people. I said we wouldn’t generalise about gay or black people like this and it wasn’t right. I said that I felt there was a mistrust of police by people because of the perception of them not challenging inappropriate behaviour. I said that I did challenge Mr Davies’s behaviour and I believed that this was the reason for me being removed from the case.
In respect of my question 10, ‘Is Stephen Davies best placed at making a decision on prosecuting this case in light of what he has said on 25/07/16’?, CI Francis said that she believed that this may have to be looked at, at a higher level. I said that I felt it was very important as I believed it had the potential to damage the force reputation. I also said, at this time, that I believed Mr Davies may have breached the Ethical Principals for the Public Prosecutor.
I also said that the officers that did not challenge Stephen Davies on the day of this meeting, and then went on to further investigate the offence were complicit in his prejudice. How could they then to be seen to investigate impartially?
The meeting ended with CI Francis agreeing that she would look into the issues raised.
On 24th January I wrote the following email to CI Francis…
I received no response and so on 30/01/17 wrote her another email. I had received some information which astonished me. It did, however, start to make more sense about what had happened!!
So……..Stephen Davies, a person who had admitted that ‘he shoots’, and the Prosecution Solicitor for the CPS, had spent Christmas day with DS Beth Wells, a person who had admitted that she hunted and was an investigating officer in the case!!!!!! You really couldn’t make it up!!!