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The EDP says...Scandalous police story had to be made public

PUBLISHED: 09:40 06 December 2017 | UPDATED: 13:36 06 December 2017

An investigation called Operation Stornoway was carried out by Essex Police into Norfolk Police's treatment of the Hugh O'Neill case. Picture: Norfolk Police/Archant

An investigation called Operation Stornoway was carried out by Essex Police into Norfolk Police's treatment of the Hugh O'Neill case. Picture: Norfolk Police/Archant

Norfolk Police

Police failings have been laid bare in the Hugh O’Neill case

The handling of the case involving police doctor Hugh O’Neill is a stain on the otherwise fantastic reputation of Norfolk Constabulary.

Those senior officers involved in the two failed investigations should hang their heads in shame.
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They did not take seriously the stories of the women who O’Neill assaulted.

It is not good enough to simply blame colleagues, as they have done, for the shocking failures which have meant O’Neill’s victims have been let down at every single turn.

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As we report today, not all of the evidence was not passed on to the CPS and the General Medical Council in 2003.

They could have stopped O’Neill.

Instead he was quietly dismissed as the force’s doctor and allowed to carry on as a family GP.

The very people who are meant to protect the public put them at risk.

That is why we will not apologise for refusing to let this go.

Victims still have questions unanswered, unsatisfactory responses to their concerns and a lack of assurance that this has been properly dealt with. As has been shown with many other high-profile sex abuse cases, just because it is historical, doesn’t mean it isn’t in the public interest.

We are glad to be able to finally reveal the findings of the Essex Police investigation, which is, perhaps unsurprisingly, far more damning than Norfolk Police let on in its July press release.

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