But were there any other links between NFU Mutual at Ross on Wye and The South Hereford Hunt?
And any links between PC Christine Watkins and the suspect, Alex Price? Well, they were friends on social media. Good friends by the look of it!
And so, I will leave you to draw your own conclusions as to why you think that Christine Watkins reported that one of the victims in the Operation Childer animal cruelty case, ‘Andy’, was having an affair with a police officer!
Remember what Code B of Pace states in relation to obtaining the warrant.
3 Search warrants and production orders. (a) Before making an application. 3.1 When information appears to justify an application, the officer must take reasonable steps to check the information is accurate, recent and not provided maliciously or irresponsibly. An application may not be made on the basis of information from an anonymous source if corroboration has not been sought
3A The identity of an informant need not be disclosed when making an application, but the officer should be prepared to answer any questions the magistrate or judge may have about; The accuracy of previous information from that source, and. any other related matters.
And so, DI Justin TAYLOR would have disclosed all of the above information to the Magistrate when applying for the warrant, wouldn’t he? It would have been his duty to.
And of course, at the time of reporting this affair, PC Watkins would have fully disclosed her relationship with the suspect and her connections with the South Hereford Hunt……………wouldn’t she? And if she didn’t, you might think that she would be investigated for attempting to pervert the course of justice………….wouldn’t you?
But it still didn’t make sense. Why on earth would the police have given this information any credibility whatsoever, given where it came from?
Well……….this may help answer that question…………………………..
This might well also explain the last paragraph of chapter 2, (why the local hunt monitors were refused permission to set up a ‘Watch Scheme’).
What do you think?