Operation Conifer and the ‘Michelle Remembers’ connection

In the wake of yesterday’s news about Mike Veale’s resignation as chief constable in Cleveland, we had occasion to browse through some of the older news coverage about Veale and the ill-conceived Project Conifer, conducted while he was chief constable in Wiltshire. In a Mail on Sunday article on 29 November 2016, Home Affairs editor Martin Beckford…

Mike Veale resigns following allegations of serious misconduct

We learned yesterday that Mike Veale, chief constable of the Cleveland Police, resigned on Friday after less than a year in the post. The Telegraph reports that he is facing an investigation by the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), following allegations by two female officers that he had engaged in “inappropriate behaviour” toward them.…

Justice denied: False CSA claims rob survivors

An issue we’ve tried to hammer home again and again on this blog is that when people use the issue of child sexual abuse to further their own agenda, it hurts real survivors. We’ve made the point that dramatising imaginary “Satanic ritual abuse” cases rather than focussing on the very real and much more mundane…

Jon Wedger, Bill Maloney, and the RAINS list

Yesterday we touched on the documented links between the Ritual Abuse Information Network and Support (RAINS); their notorious “RAINS list” of random people compiled by co-founder Joan Coleman from the “alter” personalities of her client “Helen G.”; and Operation Yewtree, the police investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by the late Jimmy Savile. One of…

‘Nick’ charged with perverting the course of justice, fraud

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) yesterday announced that the person known only as ‘Nick’, whose allegations against various prominent figures set off the disastrous Operation Midland, has now been charged with 12 counts of perverting the course of justice, as well as one count of fraud. Operation Midland, which began in late 2014, was based…

College of Policing recommends the end of ‘automatic belief’

We haven’t discussed the shambolic dog’s breakfast that was Operation Midland much on this blog, mostly because while it ran more or less in parallel with the Hampstead SRA hoax, its impact on this case was somewhat peripheral. Many of our UK readers will remember, though, Det Supt Kenny McDonald’s infamous announcement about “Nick”, the…

Robert Green attempts to resurrect the Holliehoax

There have been distinct stirrings from the once-moribund Hollie Greig hoaxers’ camp of late, most notably from Robert Green. Readers will recall that Mr Green gained a small amount of national prominence a few weeks back, when it was revealed in a Sunday Times article that Chief Constable Veale of the Wiltshire Police had contacted…