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At 8am on Monday 18th September 2017 I was at home with Jane. We were still in our pyjamas. The doorbell rang and we went downstairs to see who it was. Four plain clothes detectives from Kidderminster CID had attended our house with warrants to search our house and vehicles registered to our address including my daughters vehicle.
At least one of the detectives had gone to the back door of our house! Did they think I was going to run away?
(Note on page 2, the warrants were not signed)! What is also worthy of note is the wording where the Hunt Investigation Team has been renamed the Anti-Hunt Investigation Team. Whether or not this was a conscious decision to change the name, it puts a negative connotation on the members!
I didn’t know any of the officers. The officer in charge of the search was Detective Sergeant Craig Tennant. He looked uncomfortable from the moment he arrived. He explained what they had been asked to seize. They took my mobile phone, two laptop computers, (including Jane’s personal laptop), our tower computer and all of the paperwork I had collated in respect of the investigations into me. (He did ask if any of the paperwork was subject to legal privilege but I told him to take whatever he wanted, as I had nothing to hide). During the search, DS Tennant apologised to us, saying that he wasn’t comfortable doing it. He said that we worked for a disciplined organisation and he said that they had been ordered to do it.I asked him who had ordered them and he replied, Mark Travis. (Mark Travis was, and I think still is the Chief Superintendent).
DS Tennant told me that they required me to attend a police station to be voluntarily interviewed for the criminal offences of Malfeasance in a Public Office and Breach of the Data Protection Act.
The officers then left having removed our belongings. Jane and I were left stunned and silent. The last time I had been left feeling this way was after a burglary at my home many years earlier. This just felt like legalised burglary. What were they doing and who was behind it all?