We paid a visit to the newsagents on Poulton Road, Wallasey this morning. On our way there we heard someone over the road shout, “Twat…!!”.
Our first thought was, is this someone from Wirral Council who’s recognised us? But no, looking up we saw a blonde kid across the road, sprinting back up the street, the way we’d came. Then came the screech of tyres as a police car pulled up a few yards away to intercept him.
This suspect was fast and disappeared into the front garden of one of the detached houses, leapt over the fence and was then into the back garden, out of sight, and making his escape. The chasing police officer was left standing.
We then continued to the shop. Whilst in the shop we noticed how the air was filling with sirens …which got louder and louder as they approached.
Five minutes later, we were on the way back and noticed how many police cars had turned up… at least four, a big yellow camera van, more on the way, and the area was swarming with uniformed officers. It had turned into some sort of incident zone.
As we ambled up the street, making our way through circling, uniformed officers and amidst the gathering crowd of onlookers, the air filled with shouts. It seemed the kid had somehow doubled back and had re-emerged from the garden he’d first escaped into.
Now, we don’t know what the crime was, it may have been serious, but if it was theft, robbery or a burglary, we doubt that the sum stolen would have amounted to £736,756.97. We’ll come back to this point a bit later.
The kid legged it up Deveraux Drive and turned right into the first entry, pursued by about half a dozen coppers.
If the alleyway gates had been locked he would have been cornered immediately. But they weren’t, so on he went, left and all the way up the much longer entry dividing Deveraux Drive, left, and Annesley Road, right.
And that’s where our part in this ends. The coppers emerged from here empty-handed because the kid must have scaled an 8 foot garden wall and made his escape through somebody’s property and out into either Annesley Road or Deveraux Drive further up. Maybe they nabbed him later, maybe they didn’t. But he was like shit off a shovel, powered by adrenaline, and the coppers had their work cut out, it has to be said.
Now let’s come back to that sum of money we mentioned earlier. The money was taken over a period of NINE years and amounted to £735,736.97. If a thorough inquiry had been mounted, this would in reality have exceeded £1 million.
The money was unlawfully removed by Wirral Council officers from the bank accounts of learning disabled people who lived in three of Wirral Council’s supported living accommodations in Moreton. These people were all Angela Eagle MP’s constituents.
The council officers who took the money knew what they were doing was unlawful but continued doing it anyway, presumably because they perceived that they were protected from above.
Two of the prominent people unlawfully taking this money were Maura Noone and Mike Fowler, senior persons in Wirral Council’s Department of Adult Social Services.
Social Servies whistleblower Martin Morton did the right thing and reported the theft (and much more involving abuse, alleged rape and a death) to not only his employer, but to the Audit Commission. The two officers were suspended but later reinstated.
Later, much later, an external investigator, Anna Klonowski, found that the pair had been involved in the theft of this money. Another external investigator, Martin Smith, found Martin had been bullied by managers, mobbed and forced out of his job.
Most right thinking people would regard this theft as a serious, high level crime, one for which the perpetrators should have been arrested, charged, tried and if found guilty, then sent to prison for a long time.
But this didn’t happen. Although Martin reported it to the police, they said it was “too difficult”. So rather than facing justice, Fowler and Noone were:
- paid off £110,000 each
- gagged inside compromise agreements, as was their employer
- permitted to leave just days before the release of the full Anna Klonowski Report
- granted clean bills of health should they wish to seek re-employment in the future
If they had still been employed when the Klonowski report was released just days later, they would have had to face justice and accountability. But this was where then CEO Jim Wilkie stepped in. He was the person who gave them the facility of leaving and dodging ALL accountability.
We spotted in 2012 that there was a potential safeguarding disaster in the making should either of these people be employed in a senior caring position in the future. This has now happened.
The following links have the full history:
When you consider there were five police cars and a van, and around a dozen officers, we wonder how much the above incident will end up costing Merseyside Police (council tax payers) this morning? Even the 10 or 15 minute interval that we managed to witness will not come cheap… and don’t get us wrong, we’re not saying we shouldn’t pursue all crimes as and when they occur.
The whole thing may have continued for another hour until the suspect was apprehended. Yet more costly resources may have been called into action.
In summary, our question is: why do we lavish huge amounts of money and pull out all the stops to arrest and try petty crooks when there have been protected thieves, such as Wirral Council’s Noone and Fowler, cemented in, financially abusing vulnerable, disabled people who are supposed to be statutorily protected within our legislation?
We get the firm impression that some types of crime – although they run into the many millions of pounds stolen – are deliberately written off because they would cost too much to pursue, and those involved in perpetrating them KNOW they are protected because even if they’re “caught”, they can relax and pick up a top job somewhere else.
All the evidence we’ve gathered over the years points to this.
What do you think?