Thursday, 4 December 2014

Cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police axes ‘cold case’ team investigating historic offences



Cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police axes ‘cold case’ team investigating historic offences

I know a lot of people will think that this is something that won't affect them, most people feel like that until such a time it does affect them and it does happen and frightfully from my own experiences and South Yorkshire police's crime statistics more and more murders, rapes and other serious crimes will go undetected by the failing police departments we have right now.

I really want the people of south yorkshire to understand how this could impact not only ourselves but could may well impact any of them too, should a member of your family, a friend or whomever you care about be raped, and/or murdered and the case remains unsolved for such a time what the police class as a cold a case then nothing else will be done by south yorkshire police to find the evidence and the culprits unless new evidence magically falls into their hands. yet South Yorkshire Police has to save £49.2m between 2011 and March 2015. But it is committed to paying the legal fees of former officers appearing before the new Hillsborough inquests..

We already have more than an handful of sick individuals walking our streets and this number is only going to rise now that historic cases like my mum's which has been unsolved for 17 years, i'm only 22 im going to have to live knowing nothing will be done by south Yorkshire police once any leads run dry unless we find something ourselves to go on is this how we want these sort of crimes handled by our local police.

snippets taken from article
http://www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/main-topics/general-news/cash-strapped-south-yorkshire-police-axes-cold-case-team-investigating-historic-offences-1-6986208
Full copy of article

Cash-strapped South Yorkshire Police axes ‘cold case’ team investigating historic offences

A specialist police team investigating historic unsolved crimes has been disbanded to save money, South Yorkshire’s county force has announced.
South Yorkshire Police says it has axed its cold case investigation team, with all the cases now being handed over to CID detectives to take on along with their normal workload.

The force says despite the decision cold cases are “constantly under review” and that “each case has now been assigned to an investigating officer”.

Chief Superintendent Rachel Barber, Crime Manager, said: “We never lose sight of our unsolved cases and while it is a blow to lose our dedicated cold case investigations team, working within the budgetary constraints meant that keeping this unit going was no longer financially feasible.

“We have found the most appropriate way to manage this situation in the current economic climate, by assigning each case to an investigating officer who is responsible for monitoring and chasing up any enquiries, should any new information come to light.

“However, our efforts and resources are primarily focussed on active and emerging cases of serious crime, as these investigations are current and pose a higher risk to the communities and public of South Yorkshire.

“We understand how difficult it must be for those families who have lost loved ones who don’t yet have any closure, but where new evidence or lines of enquiry are discovered, they should be assured that these claims will be investigated and followed up.”

South Yorkshire’s oldest cold case is Anne Dunwell, 13, who was sexually assaulted, strangled and left naked at the foot of a manure heap in Maltby in 1964.

South Yorkshire Police has to save £49.2m between 2011 and March 2015. But it is committed to paying the legal fees of former officers appearing before the new Hillsborough inquests and may face a further bill for compensation to victims of child sex abuse in Rotherham.

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