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Friday, August 20, 2010

Police make fools of themselves!

Police make fools of themselves!

There is no statute of limitations in this country which means a person may be prosecuted many years after an offence was committed if information later comes to light and the police become involved. Which is why I won't go into too much detail about Gangland in the 1960s. However there was one occasion when I was arrested in London and rather than face the beaks down South, I chose to falsely confess to a crime up North so I would be taken back to familiar territory. There I informed the police that I had not committed the offence. A deal was struck whereby I would only receive a £40 fine and a 2 years probation order if I went through with the game.

The Times reports: "BBC presenter ‘wasted police time’ with confession to killing".

"A veteran BBC presenter is to be told today that he will face trial for wasting police time after “confessing” on screen that he had killed his lover".

The police decided to waste 6 months and taxpayers money investigating what amounts to no more than a staged false confession for the benefit of the BBC and TV viewers. A dull programme needed spicing up a bit, just like the film industry throws in a bit of sex and violence into a boring plot.

"Ray Gosling was presenting a BBC documentary on “mercy killings” when he claimed to have used a pillow to smother a lover who was dying of Aids in hospital". Anybody remember the scene in One flew over the cuckoo's nest, where Chief smothers Randall P. McMurphy with a pillow in the hospital?

Apparently, the police are disappointed that the BBC did not do their work for them "Officers are dismayed by the failure of the BBC to attempt to verify Mr Gosling’s confession before the broadcast of the Inside Out programme in February".

"Keir Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions, has approved the decision to charge Mr Gosling for wasting police time. The maximum sentence is six months in jail".

And, how much is all this going to cost the taxpayer? This strikes me as vindictiveness. Neither the police not Keir Starmer bothered to investigate when Dominic Grieve admitted to the crimes of assault and criminal damage in the film The Fear Factory.

"It is an offence to waste police time by “knowingly making to any person a false report orally or in writing to show that an offence has been committed”.

Proceedings can be instituted only with the consent of the Director of Public Prosecutions. Examples of wasting police time include “false reports that a crime has been committed, which initiates a police investigation”".

It is one thing for an attention seeker to walk into a police station and confess to a high profile case, and quite another for the police to initiate the investigation themselves.

Of course, the police and CIA would never seek false confessions when it suits them would they!

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