We are seeking politicians to sponsor and support an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons on the issue of non-disclosure in Jeremy Bamber’s case. Please write to your MP requesting they support the motion on your behalf as a constituent. An Early Day Motion, or EDM, is where a topic is put forward and supported by members of the House of Commons for debate in Parliament. This will help raise the profile of the issue surrounding Jeremy’s case both with MP’s and in the media more generally.
You can word the letter as you please, including a list of the material if you wish or add the following 5 paragraphs below, and enclose a link to or a copy of the Guardian article dated the 24th March2017.
You may have seen the recent press coverage that highlighted the legal impasse that has developed for Jeremy Bamber’s defence team due to the continued refusal of Essex police to disclose the vast amount of material that they still hold on the case and which has never been seen by the defence. I enclose a recent article published by the Guardian that highlights the situation dated 24th March 2017.
Three court orders have been issued ordering Essex police to make full disclosure of all relevant material. Two of the orders were only partially complied with, and the third a Judicial Review was not only ignored, but all of the crucial evidence referred to which Essex police were specifically instructed to preserve was actually destroyed. Essex police have also ignored a request for material from the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) under section 17 of the Criminal Appeals Act.
My purpose in writing to you is to ask you to assist the 'Disclosure Campaign' by adding your name to an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons, discussing the issue of why the Home Secretary has not taken any action over the ignoring of the court orders, and to call on Essex police to immediately be instructed to comply with the 2001/2002 orders in full.
If you are able to offer us your support, Jeremy Bamber’s legal team will be able to furnish you with a list of the material required, along with discussion of the current legal position of the case.
Please advise me of your stance on this issue by return.
Overview of the material presented in the ‘Disclosure Booklet’.
The Call logs of telephone calls made to PC 1990 West on 07.08.85. Pages 5-10.
They’re a contemporaneous log of phone calls received by the police on the night of the tragedies. This evidence is of the utmost importance and we need manuscript copies for forensic analysis because one is a log of Jeremy’s father’s call to police and the other is Jeremy’s call to police, which the prosecution maintain are two ‘copies’ of Jeremy’s call. In 2012 the Criminal Cases Review Commission used s.17 of the Criminal Appeals Act to ask the police for disclosure of the original handwritten copy of Jeremy’s call but were told ‘it could not be located’. Here’s a link to a short video explaining this issue https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wu6L4Kvql9s
The Situation Report and statements made by the first officers on the scene. Pages 11-12.
The three officers who attended the scene with Jeremy made statements the following day but these have not been disclosed. Those made much later were disclosed. These reports are important because PC Myall pointed out movement inside the window of White House Farm, which PS Bews and Jeremy also saw. This was explained at trial as a ‘trick of the light’.
Report made by DCI Kenneally on 06.09.85 Pages 13-14.
This report has never been disclosed and is important because it concluded that all the evidence suggested Sheila Caffell killed the family.
Audio recordings of telephone lines and Police radios. Pages 15-20.
All calls to police and radio messages were recorded on tape but the police claim these were wiped after a month, we suspect that the recordings are still in existence based on the evidence we do have.
Statements from the first investigation number and police pocket books. Pages 20-23.
We have notes from a meeting with the Director of Public prosecutions and police, which show that there are a large number of statements written by witnesses, which have not been disclosed. We suspect they are from the first investigation number, which was a ‘murder suicide’ but didn’t help the prosecution’s case. Police pocket notebooks would give us information to clarify discrepancies in the position of the bodies at the scene, firearms officer’s original statements will confirm if Sheila Caffell was alive when they broke down the door to White House Farm.
Interviews from the 1986 Dickinson Enquiry. Pages 23-26.
A number of people were interviewed post trial as part of an internal Essex Police investigation into the handling of the case but we don’t have all of those interviews. We believe the forensic scientists who were interviewed discussed the fact that they examined two sound moderators (silencers), and the forensic tests were merged into one.
Public Interest Immunity File on Julie Mugford. Pages 26-27.
Julie Mugford was the jilted girlfriend of Jeremy Bamber who testified against him. We believe from disclosed material that she was offered a deal in exchange for her testimony. Criminal offences she admitted to (a number before knowing Jeremy) which the jury did not know about were disclosed in statements after the 2002 appeal. We have reason to believe there’s a lot more we need to know about this witness, which is still being withheld after 31 years.
Photographs taken at the scene. Pages 28-31.
There are many photographs from the scene ‘missing’ from the negative strips. Disclosure is important the photographs disclosed contain images of the gun in different positions on the body and at the scene. Another example is the room where firearms officers saw a gun in a window from outside the house, this room has not appeared in the disclosed photographs.
Sheila Caffell’s medical and psychiatric Reports. Pages 31-32.
These were refused to the defence pre trial and have been refused on each attempt. They’re important to show that Sheila Caffell had a long history of psychotic episodes, that she was a danger to herself and other people including her children.
Original Report regarding the blood in the silencer. Pages 32-34.
The ‘silencer’ which police claim was on the gun during the shootings has had the Chain of Evidence tampered with. Evidence supporting this contention includes lab notes and reports and statements by forensic scientists saying their statements were altered without their knowledge.
Download 2001 evidence of the Court Order for police to
Disclose case material but essential evidence remains secret.
Download 2002 evidence of the Court Order for police to
Disclose Case Material but key evidence was never handed over.
In 1994 a Judicial Review instructed the Home Secretary
to allow police to disclose evidence to the Defence but it was ignored
and the DNA material destroyed.