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Counsel appeared on behalf of the Respondent.
Counsel appeared on behalf of the Children by their Guardian.
Approved by the Judge on 31 January 2014
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MRS JUSTICE PARKER:
'Given the ongoing nature of both investigations (i.e. the allegations made by the children and those made by the mother) [the Police Authority] is not in a position to assist the court with disclosure of material from … at this point in time.'
The writer then took a point, which has not been taken before me, as to whether the disclosure of the June ABE interviews was covered by the order. When this matter commenced before me yesterday morning it was quite apparent that I could not proceed to determine fact finding or embark upon it in the absence of this essential disclosure. At my initiative I made an order directed to the Chief Constable to attend before me either yesterday afternoon or this morning together with an officer in the case and all the relevant documentation, represented if he so wished, and I referred to the possibility or perhaps prospect of a costs order being made. The Chief Constable in fact is away so I varied the order to refer to an Assistant Chief Constable and I am very glad to have had before me the solicitor for the Police Authority, the Assistant Chief Constable; and the Detective Inspector who is conducting the investigation.