A correspondent writes:
I can understand why Humphreys was able to get away with his crimes AND still be a councillor. Everyone is presumed innocent until proved guilty. There was no such proof in the public domain until this month and no justice for the boys until today.
What I CANNOT understand is why police dropped their first investigation in 2005. And why it has taken from 2015, when the cases of the two boys were linked, to 2021 to get justice for them. 6 lost years. I accept it takes time to make a case – but 6 years?
If I were a councillor today at EDDC I would be asking for an inquiry – preferably public- into the case. Who decided to drop these cases? And what links they might have had – or still have – and what roles did they have in common with other people who may also have had council roles or links during that time? Who during this long period of time was made aware of decisions taken by the police?
Maybe EDDC Budleigh councillor and ex-policeman Tom Wright, who was for many years EDDC police liaison person when Tories were in control, can give us some insight from his experience, into how these things can happen?