Fast forward to 2015

In the Spring of 2015, I was suffering from depression. Ironically I had found myself working for the NHS and was placed in a difficult position which was causing a great deal of stress. I went to see a Psychologist who helped me identify and unearth the major source of my issues; unsurprisingly it was the unresolved confusion I felt about Alison. After all these years I still could not understand how the system had allowed her to be so wrongly treated without anyone being held accountable. I would find myself bursting into tears whenever I watched or heard anything about the Saville Enquiry or the injustice at Hillsborough, it was as if these events were bringing the past back to life, stirring up emotions I had buried. It was during the sessions with my Psychologist I realised I had to get to the bottom of what happened to Alison, I couldn’t live with the uncertainty any longer.

police-liar-picIn the Summer of 2015, I submitted a formal request to Cumbria Police asking for the notes from the original investigation in 2001. It was only when I received the file I started to think something might be amiss; there was no record of any of the evidence and medical records I had given the Police in 2001… all of these vital documents were missing. It was starting to dawn on me why the investigation in 2001 had failed so I asked Cumbria Police to come and see me at the earliest opportunity.

In Autumn 2015 Cumbria Police sent a Senior Officer to see me. He and his colleague sat in my home and assured me the original investigation had been of a good standard and that there was nothing to be gained from reopening it. The officers who came to my house vouched personally for the character of their former colleagues who had undertaken the investigation in 2001/02. We now know their assurances were misleading. The original investigation has subsequently been described by their own Professional Standards Department as “poor” and “flawed“. They have also acknowledged the file that was handed to the CPS in 2001/02 was “lacking” and that “there wasn’t even a basic investigation plan created”. Despite Cumbria Police’s attempts to stop the investigation being reopened, they were forced to reopen the case in Autumn 2016 after we presented them with copies of all the evidence they had “mislaid” some fifteen years earlier. Now we finally felt there was a chance to get justice for Alison. Once again we would be disappointed…