Hugh Orde to review Kent investigation

Despite his critics over the handling of the Northern Bank investigation, Hugh Orde is to send a PSNI team to review Kent Constabulary’s investigation of the the �53m robbery at a Securitas depot in the county last month.

Kent Chief Constable Michael Fuller said officers from the Police Service of Northern Ireland would review the Kent case to ensure the force had “identified and exploited all possible lines of inquiry” and that the investigation was professional and thorough. Mr Fuller said: “This is recognised good practice in the police service and we value the opportunity to learn from our colleagues.

“This review allows experienced investigators independent of our inquiry to look at what we have done and what we plan to do and to help us take stock.” A team of officers is expected to arrive this week, he said.

  • topdeckomnibus

    No doubt a good working relationship will develop ?

    No rancour about the sudden exit of former Kent Chief constable, david Phillips, from the Rosemary Nelson inquiry.

    And no rancour about the efforts of Supt Penny Martin to stop information being sent from Kent to PSNI Special Branch. This led to a common law information of misprision being laid against Supt Martin.

    Happily she announced her retirement and plans to move to Scotland just before Christmas.

    Let us hope that Kent Police have a little more to communicate than their solicitor could muster see letters

    Kent Police deputy senior CID Deal Barracks bombing … George Rogers .. well he retired and moved to Australia. He was also the case officer who did not charge the 21 men who were recruited as paramilitaries within the Territorial Army (see Pat Monteath Who Pays the Ferryman) in spite of alleged unlawful missions to Ulster and Ireland and alleged possession and home storage of semtex.

  • Robin

    Is this an early April fools joke! The PSNI has the worst crime clear up rate of all Police forces in the UK and thats without mentioning the Northern Bank.

  • I have to say I was puzzled about this when I heard it on Newsline – as far as I knew Kent had already recovered more money in a few weeks than the PSNI managed in a year.

  • Comrade Stalin


    Any chance you could substantiate that easily-provable comment about the PSNI’s clearup rate ?

    Although I have to say that the situation is a bit daft. Kent police have recovered almost half the money and the van, and have quickly charged several people. The PSNI never recovered the money or the van and have recovered almost none of the stolen money.

  • Michael Shilliday

    Lets try to get some perspective. The Kent job seems to have been done by some bumkins who got lucky. The Northern was done by one of the biggest and best established criminal gangs in Europe outside of italy.

  • wondering

    wonder if the kent police were having dinner in the restaurant beside the bank on the night of the robbery…….. that would make it similar to the NI job

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    ‘The Northern was done by one of the biggest and best established criminal gangs in Europe outside of italy.’

    While the only money recovered so far was in a PSNI installation there is a hint of hyperbole in comparing the mafia to the PSNI

  • Michael Shilliday

    That’s right Pat, the cops robbed the bank. Very smart.

  • Pat Mc Larnon

    It is as smart a theory as anything proferred to date.
    I bet that a few years ago you believed that the cops weren’t involved in murder, torture and collusion and that you would have guffawed at the suggestion.