August 10th, 2012

Where there’s blame, there’s a claim

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Police searching for missing 12-year-old Tia Sharp have found a body, in her grandmother’s house.

This won’t be a surprise to many readers of this blog.

Nor will the ensuing stories over the next days and weeks blaming the police for anything they can.

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5 comments

  1. The Dood says:

    The blame game has already started. The Daily Mail Online accuses the police of blunders after they searched the grandmother house 3 times and they didn’t find the body for 7 days.

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2186762/BREAKING-NEWS-Boyfriend-Tia-Sharps-grandmother-arrested.html

    August 10th, 2012 at 23:04

  2. Whinger says:

    Memo to self,

    Next time I attend a misper report must take all floorboards up, dig garden up, check wall cavities etc etc then check CCTV and witness sightings for person!

    August 11th, 2012 at 07:50

  3. h2631563 says:

    Its all to be expected really. It’s the Daily Mail after all. The issue of finding / or not finding the child’s body is a far larger story than the actual murder of said child. The majorty of bile will be vented at the police, and not the killer. Strange old world

    August 11th, 2012 at 17:50

  4. Blueknight says:

    Just one question. Before the step grandfather came to light, who else looked hard at the uncle? Hindsight is always 20 20…..

    August 11th, 2012 at 22:09

  5. Civ_In_The_City says:

    The thing about the 3 ‘failed’ house searches assumes that her body was in the house all the time. If the house was fully searched and nothing was found then that might simply be because there was nothing to be found.

    The possibility that the body was moved into the house from somewhere else sometime after one of those searches raises some interesting questions.

    As the for the grandmothers boyfriend. Lots of people will look at his photo and think him ‘dodgy’ or ‘the type’ to do something. They won`t appreciate the principles of ‘assume nothing’, ‘follow the evidence’, ‘rule nothing out, rule nothing in’ etc.

    Sometimes this can go too far, but it comes from hard-won experience of investigations that got side-tracked by assumptions, guesses, or a suspects eyes being too close together.

    Lucky heather and rabbits feet also aren`t much help.

    Wait for the damage from the ‘it must never happen again’ brigade.

    August 12th, 2012 at 11:31

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