Wilts detective guilty of gross misconduct keeps job

Wiltshire Police Detective Steve Fulcher was found guilty of two counts of gross misconduct, over his handling of the murder of Becky Godden. But today the force announced he would keep his job.

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Steve Fulcher wants to return to work soon

Steve Fulcher is a dedicated police officer and is fully committed to the Wiltshire Police. He wishes to return to work as soon as possible to continue serving the public and to move forward from this upsetting and stressful episode in his life and that of his family.

– LEWIS HYMANSON SMALL LLP SOLICITORS & POLICE SUPERINTENDENTS' ASSOCIATION OF ENGLAND AND WALES

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Detective Fulcher expresses 'thanks' for support

A joint statement from Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher's lawyers and the Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales has been released.

Steve Fulcher wishes to express his thanks to those who have supported him throughout this very sad case. At all times Steve Fulcher has been motivated by a desire to serve the public and do the best that he can for the victims, their families and for Wiltshire Police.

He is grateful for the support he has received from many people and in particular, humbled by the support he has received from Becky’s mother, Karen Edwards, and Sian’s partner Kevin Reape, when they have suffered such tragic loss.

– Lewis Hymanson Small LLP Solicitors & Police Superintendents' Association of England and Wales

Becky Godden's mother defends convicted detective

A senior police detective in Wiltshire who led the investigation into the murder of Sian O Callahan in 2011 has been found guilty of gross misconduct.

Detective Superintendent Steve Fulcher's failure to follow guidelines during the investigation led to charges being dropped in relation to a second murder, that of Becky Godden. But tonight her mother defended his actions. Our correspondent Duncan Sleightholme has more.

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