originally by: Yorkshire Post
published: 22nd July 2011
Yorkshire’s largest police force has referred itself to the police watchdog less than 24 hours after the Yorkshire Post exposed how former detectives corrupted a murder trial by taking a key witness to brothels and allowing him take drugs.
West Yorkshire Police contacted the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) after the Supreme Court found that its officers showered a supergrass with “wholly inappropriate benefits” during a “shocking and disgraceful” conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The judgment was given in November last year, but the force only referred the case to the IPCC yesterday after its contents were revealed in the Yorkshire Post.
Last night it emerged the force had asked for the case to be overseen by outside investigators nine years ago, only for the then police watchdog, the Police Complaints Authority, to refuse the request.
The IPCC will study privileges given in the mid 1990s to career criminal Karl Chapman, who, despite having pleaded guilty to more than 200 robberies, was allowed to visit brothels and take heroin and cannabis in return for his continued co-operation. He also became involved in a sexual relationship with a policewoman.
Chapman enjoyed immunity from prosecution for a series of violent crimes, including an assault on the policewoman after they had split up and the rape of his cellmate in prison.
The bizarre arrangement was later investigated by North Yorkshire Police at the request of the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC), but none of the officers who dealt with Chapman was prosecuted or disciplined.