More than 300 criminal cases in Cleveland and Staffordshire that were potentially botched by a scenes of crime officer, accused of lying about his qualifications, are being reviewed by the police watchdog.
Stephen Beattie, 49, first came under scrutiny in 2011 for his work.
Gregg Easteal was live outside Cleveland Police headquarters earlier today:
A dedicated phone line has been set up by Cleveland Police for anyone with concerns to leave a message for the investigation team.
"Clearly this is a complex investigation, which has involved a significant number of cases which have had to be examined in detail.
"We are methodically working our way through this and we are making progress. We have contacted everyone affected by this investigation to explain the situation to them and we continue to provide specialist support from Family Liaison Officers.
"We understand however that other people may have concerns and we have a dedicated phone line for callers to leave a message for the investigation team.
"That number is 01642 301677.”
– Detective Inspector Warren Shepheard from Cleveland Police’s investigation.
More than 300 criminal cases in Cleveland and Staffordshire that were potentially botched by a scenes of crime officer accused of lying about his qualifications are being reviewed by the police watchdog.
Stephen Beattie, 49, first came under scrutiny in 2011 for his work for Cleveland and Staffordshire police and the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) has now revealed that 355 of his cases are being looked at again.
In August last year it said that 90 cases involving suspicious deaths were being re-examined, but this has risen to 141. Another 214 arson investigations are also being reviewed.
"This remains a complex investigation covering a period of 15 years and a significant number of cases.
"The examination of those cases is ongoing but is a huge task and will take several more months.
"The most significant cases have been prioritised and any additional work identified has been acted on immediately. Cleveland Police have ensured that families affected by these cases have been kept informed."
Scarborough Council is meeting today to strip Jimmy Savile of his freedom of the borough. His names was removed from the role of honour last year, when it was also agreed in principal that his freedom should be revoked. This is the first time this sort of thing has happened.
The MP, and chair of the Home Affairs Committee, Keith Vaz has voiced his disappointment at the findings that Northumbria Police are considered to be the worst in the country when it comes to dealing with complaints.
A report by the Government's Home Affairs Committee has highlighted failings in the way Northumbria Police deals with complaints.
The report was looking into the work of the Independent Police Complaints Commission.
It revealed that when it came to appeals against the Northumbria Force's handling of specific complaints against it, the IPCC had ruled the force had made the wrong decision in 53% of cases.
Errors in the decision about whether to record a complaint ar particularly deleterious, as they give the complainant the impression from the outset that a case is not being taken seriously, or even that the force is trying to cover up misconduct