Steve Fulcher resigns

A detective who was found guilty of gross misconduct over his handling of a high-profile double murder case has resigned.

Live updates

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

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

Advertisement

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.

Advertisement

Wiltshire Crime Commissioner welcomes 'Clare's Law' announcement

Wiltshire Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson Credit: Emma Hallet/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wiltshire's Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson says he welcomes the Home Secretary’s announcement on 'Clare's Law'. Mr Macpherson said: “One of my key priorities is to put victims and witnesses first, and the victims and survivors of domestic abuse are very much part of my agenda."

Maggie Rae, chair of Wiltshire Community Safety Partnership, said: "We're pleased with this news as this pilot has been a success in Wiltshire and I welcome any scheme that helps us to prevent cases of domestic violence."

Richard Palusinski, Head of Swindon Community Safety Partnership, said: “Our involvement in the pilot phase has shown that Domestic Violence Protection Orders have proved to be an important and effective way of allowing victims to have the time and space to assess their choices for a safer future."

Wiltshire Chief Constable 'proud' to pilot anti-domestic violence scheme

Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty Credit: Emma Hallet/PA Archive/Press Association Images

Wiltshire Chief Constable Pat Geenty says he's proud to have fronted the pilot disclosure scheme aimed at helping victims of domestic violence. Since the scheme was first trialled, a total of 118 applications for disclosure have been made in the county with 22 disclosures having been granted.

Wiltshire Police were one of three police force areas – alongside Greater Manchester and West Mercia – to trial the scheme which ensures that perpetrators of domestic violence are banned from molesting a victim, or going near their home, for up to 28 days.

Chief Constable Pat Geenty said: “I fully support today’s decision from the Home Office and am proud that Wiltshire Police, along with a number of our partner agencies, have played such an integral part in both the Domestic Violence Disclosure Scheme and Domestic Violence Protection Orders.

“Wiltshire Police remains committed to supporting victims and targeting the perpetrators of domestic abuse. I must commend the endeavours of my staff, as well as those who work for our partner agencies, for their commitment and drive in ensuring the success of these pilot schemes.”

Load more updates

Advertisement

Today's top stories