The Yorkshire Ripper Files: A Very British Crime Story Mar 12, 2020 20:27:53 GMT Villain likes this
Post by Three Litre on Mar 12, 2020 20:27:53 GMT
Quite startling incompetence and even more startling that the government has never really got a grip on it i.e. police leadership. Look at the mess Sou Yorkshire made of the girls being abused by asian men because they were too afraid or incompetent in following where the evidence led. Operation Midland where they spent a huge amount of money on a non crime because they didn't check the evidence.
All of those issues are dealt with in the documentary Sparky. I've now finished it. It's really interesting and very well done.
The way it is portrayed in the documentary, the West Yorkshire Police were incompetent rather than corrupt (at least as far as the Yorkshire Ripper goes).
The hoax tape completely derailed the investigation - but it is not clear why the senior officers found it so compelling and the Byford Report (which you can now read online) was especially critical of this catastrophic mistake
The WY Police had some strong evidence against Sutcliffe (tyre marks, a fiver he was paid with at Clarks, his workplace, eyewitnesses, survivors who had heard his voice and knew he was from Yorkshire) and yet they couldn't put it together
It was actually beat cops in Sheffield (South Yorkshire) who caught him during a routine stop.
Indeed, I think it was more lack of proper experience with West Yorkshire Police than it was Corruption.
I think at first - some of the Murders weren't linked - though had evidence been looked at more carefully, they could have been.
I would think, that's why they have Murder Squads and such these days.
I suppose, it shows why the Met Police for years had different squads - Fraud Squad, Organised Crime Squad, Drug Squad, Vice Squad and of course, the Flying Squad - they all have detectives who specialise in certain areas of crime - where they were supposed to share intel.
In the "Sweeney" - the rivalry between the groups was shown a bit too - esp in "Supersnout" and I think in "Regan".
Indeed, a couple of Uniformed Cops stopped Sutcliffe in Sheffield.
The same thing happened with the "Black Panther" - he was stopped in Mansfield by Uniform Cops for a faulty Brake Light or something daft.
Not sure what they have to do to get it in the neck. Shoot the Queen?