Just before I deal with Hussain, I received a phone call recently from someone who has long been involved with Sandwell politics with regard to the Lying Lucy Cashmore saga (see posts passim). This person says that he was personally told by a named senior local police officer, Inspector **** *******, that even though a very prompt complaint had been made following the election that she had provided a false address WMP had deliberately colluded with persons at Sandwell Council to ensure that investigations were sufficiently delayed to prevent the timely submission of a petition to challenge her fiddled candidature (normally such petitions have to be initiated very quickly within 21 calendar days).
Whilst making no inference of wrongdoing whatsoever concerning this serious allegation it should be remembered that the Returning Officer for the relevant election was the head of Sandwell's bent paid service, Jan Britton who is not responsible for presenting a petition but is on record volunteering that he was entirely happy with Cashmore's candidature! (On an unrelated issue, it seems WMP have still failed to interview the highly-paid Jan Britton at a police station under caution concerning his - alleged - complete lack of knowledge of the widespread fraud, corruption and bullying at SMBC that he apparently claims he was completely unaware of!)
I have not related the above Cashmore story to you hitherto as it is based on hearsay evidence (at the moment, at least) but then something else has popped up with a strangely similar ring to it....
Regulars will know that way back in 2014 I reported a number of councillors to WMP in respect of false declarations in the statutory register of interests. This included, inter alia, allegations that Mahboob Hussain had failed to register his and his wife's interests in Five Star Taxis at the time that company was (successfully) tendering for valuable taxi work from Jan Britton's bent Council. (Hussain may have also failed to make further declarations in respect of land sales to family and associates and other matters).
I was completely blanked by WMP and eventually complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) who upheld my complaints and confirmed to me in writing that WMP had deliberately taken NO ACTION WHATSOEVER in respect of the important issues I had raised. It is important to note here, that when I attended West Bromwich Police Station to initiate the formal complaints I specifically handed officers a photocopy of the relevant statutory provision which was also set out in covering (and other) correspondence with WMP.
But it seems that the IPCC may have been lying or, much more probably, WMP were also lying to them since a VERY SENIOR Sandwell Council person has privately written to me as follows (my emphasis):
"In the Hussain case, the failures to declare interests were part of the investigations undertaken by the police. However, unlike other criminal matters, there are time limits to bringing proceedings. These are both in relation to when the alleged offences occurred and then in relation to time after the alleged offences were reported. The latter requires that charges must be brought within a year of the allegations being reported. In this case, the alleged offences were reported within the required time period, but the police appear not to have understood that there was the one year limit to bring charges after the report to them. They failed to bring any charges within the time limit and consequently the allegations fell..
Whilst I had started this particular process in respect of The Liar Cashmore, my specific complaints about Hussain were sent by recorded delivery mail on 19th September, 2014 to Inspector Pete Rowe at West Bromwich nick (and received) who had been delegated to deal with this by Chief Inspector Sean Phillips. Apart from a phone call I heard nothing whatsoever from Inspector Rowe.
As above, on the one hand the IPCC are saying categorically that Rowe and/or his colleagues (seemingly deliberately) did absolutely nothing whereas someone very high up within SMBC states that, at least in respect of Hussain, they DID investigate but conveniently allowed the time limit for any possible prosecution to expire (and I should say here in the interests of fairness that I am confident Hussain denies all/any wrongdoing). This shocking "failure" was allegedly due to WMP being ignorant of the law (although that seems improbable it does also suggest they sat on the information and didn't refer it to the CPS). Once again folks we can smell that someone has farted, but we don't know who.
With more and more allegations coming out and the obvious intervention by one or more bent WMP senior officers to stymie the initial fraud investigation (and other investigations) it is time for someone in the corridors of power to take everything out of the hands of WMP to let a different and independent force begin a proper investigation.
Meanwhile, I specifically reported the Wednesbury Celebrates scandal to WMP (as did some local residents). WMP have flatly refused to investigate. I recently made a standards complaint to SMBC relating to the involvement of Cllrs Olwen Jones and Elaine Costigan in a grant application and the new Monitoring Officer has confirmed - and this is strictly subject to investigation - that if proven the information is likely to also constitute a criminal offence. Once again, I am sure Cllrs Olwen Jones and Costigan totally deny any wrongdoing. I have shown in previous posts how strangely keen WMP officers are to have themselves photographed with Labour Councillors but this oddly inappropriate behaviour has not been stopped in any way by senior officers. Here are Councillors including Costigan herself (top of head only shown) recently grovelling to Labour's uniformed chums yet again (and I am assuming the officer is "no relation" to the ghastly Councillors of the same name):
(On an unrelated matter I wrote to Cllr Tranter asking if he had any close relatives within WMP but he has declined to respond).
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