Police search Castlereagh Borough Council

The BBC are reporting that the PSNI organised crime branch searched the council buildings on Saturday with the co-operation of the council officers. It is part of an inquiry into the accusations made about Mrs Robinson’s financial affairs by BBC’s Spotlight.

  • cynic47

    Searching the building makes it sound like they were pulling up floorboards to find a vital clue. The reality is that they appear to have arranged to have met the Acting Chief Executive who no doubt produced copies of any documents that they requested to see. At least something seems to be actually happening in relation to the promised police enquiry. Police examined Council documents might be a more accurate headline than police searched the building!

  • pinni

    And…?

  • cynic47 @ 09:08 PM:

    Which is fair enough.

    But …
    over the weekend, “on Saturday night”?
    organised crime branch”?

    This is not your normal polite visit.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Perhaps they were confiscating a couple of Windows installation CDs 🙂

  • cynic47

    Redfellow.

    They attended at 9am, went for lunch at a nearby fast food outlet at 1pm and finished their work at 6pm. No overnight stuff and the guys don’t get a lot of overtime opportunities these days. From day one it has been the Organised Crime Unit, that cover a multitute of sins, who have been in charge of the investigation. Seems as polite as a visit from the police can be. Saturday also meant an empty building without staff running around the office. The Acting CEO was there throughout the day as you would expect.

  • cynic47

    Pinni

    And CSI it is not!!

  • Harry J

    Ok, who wants to put money on that this investigation ends with no charges being brought?

  • Fabianus

    This puts me in mind of the old bollocks principle: It’s not enough that justice be done; it must be seen to be done.

  • aquifer

    Where next, the planning office in Rathkeltair House Downpatrick? Officials have been seen mapping paper trails already.

    Hard to hide hundreds of houses though.

  • USA

    “Hard to hide hundreds of houses though”

    Much of the area where Fraser etc built in Castlereagh was a designated “green belt” area. It was to be protected but somehow they got planning permission approved. Hmmm….I wonder how that happened?

  • KieranJ

    “1.Searching the building makes it sound like they were pulling up floorboards to find a vital clue.”

    No it doesn’t.

  • Comrade Stalin

    Er .. guys, this is all standard procedure.

    Think about it. What would the headlines look like if the police completed their investigation, found almost nothing, and it transpired that they hadn’t searched the Council offices ?

  • Framer

    This is PC PSNI squandermania. The Spotlight programme provided no evidence of a crime involving Mrs Robinson simply supposition: generous developers must be involved in bribing politicians.

    Yet planning decisions were made by civil servants and the courts and only occasionally by ministers.

    Local politicians, until Sammy Wilson permitted the building of one-off houses all over the green belt again at the behest of politicans of all stripes, had no power for thirty years here.

  • Fabianus

    USA,

    “Much of the area where Fraser etc built in Castlereagh was a designated “green belt” area. It was to be protected but somehow they got planning permission approved. Hmmm….I wonder how that happened?”

    Am I the only one thinking that Iris came cheap? (That is, if the claims of corruption are true.)

    Only £25,000 so that Fraser could have a free hand building his houses? On a good day Charlie Haughey was getting backhanders in six- maybe seven-figure sums, and that was decades ago.

    You’d think that being married to an estate agent would have made Iris more market savvy….

  • pinni

    So Turgon, you have again got sucked into gossiping and tattletaling and assisting in character assassination. Shame on you!

    Maybe you should hesitate a little and think before attempting to besmirch the character of others through innuendo and mere speculation.

    It’s quite pathetic, really.

  • pinni @ 09:21 AM:

    Err, let’s recapitulate that one.

    Turgon the Wise, Elven king of the Noldor, second son of Fingolfin, brother to Fingon, etc., is possessed of powers beyond the norm.

    Even so,

    attempting to besmirch the character of the Robinsons, Iris in particular through innuendo and mere speculation

    stretches suspension-of-belief beyond rerasonable tolerances.

  • Fabianus

    pinni,

    “Gossiping and tattletaling and assisting in character assassination”? What are you on about?

    Far as I can see Turgon is doing no more than blogging a news item. Nothing pathetic about that.

  • jtwo

    Some more mysterious planning capers

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/northern_ireland/8520743.stm

  • pinni

    ‘blogging’, Fabianus?

    Gloating, more like!

  • Neil

    “Gossiping and tattletaling and assisting in character assassination”?

    Gossiping: spreading personal information about other people.

    Tattletaling: grassing people up.

    Now those two involve telling the truth about people. It may surprise you to learn that the personal information is in the public interest: Iris had a pecuniary interest which she should have declared.

    To accuse Turgon of character assasination for telling the truth tells you more about the character that’s being assasinated; and that’s precisely what you’ve done.

    I have to laugh though: Turgon telling tales about Iris (from the paper). Tut tut.

  • Neil

    Gloating, more like!

    And why not? Is he not entitled to feel morally superior to someone who cheats on her husband; takes interest free loans (of the envelope in a newspaper in a dark car park) from developers who are involved in planning applications in her council; and fails to declare an interest in certain council business?

  • ardmaj55

    KeiranJ You have to wonder how thorough this search is, if it’s confined to telling the council in advance of their visit. Do they not take any lessons from health inspectors? And why aren’t they searching the Robinson palace also?

  • Secret Squirrel

    Could be that they’re examining any three and a half inch floppies that Iris may have handled.

  • Macanna

    ardmaj55, The last 4 or 5 visits to my workplace by the health inspector were all made by appointment. Not one surprise inspection.

  • Davros

    “Hard to hide hundreds of houses though. ”

    To be fair all you need is google maps, find the green belt, find the houses on the green belt, ask who built them, check who approved the decision to build the houses, then connect the person who built them with the person who championed permission to build them.

    On a unrelated note, could someone spot me £25k? I know I earn multiples of that but I’m going through a dry patch. I’ll pay you back whenever (and by whenever I mean whenever I mean when someone finds out you lent it to me). Also remember that house you sold me for a £1? I managed to sell it for £250k.

    Fish in a barrel. Just ask the Robinsons for their bank statements for the last few years. Any money coming in that’s not from MP salary or declared business interests, highlight with a marker and ask them about.

  • ardmaj55

    Macanna 24 Well, it should be without warning, and i thought it used to. There you go.

  • ardmaj55

    ‘Highlight with a marker and ask them about’

    Davros 25 I think if you tried that, Peter would join iris on suicide watch. Trying to pin those two down must be like nailing jelly to a wall.

  • Panic, these ones like it up em.

    Posted by Davros

    ” Fish in a barrel. Just ask the Robinsons for their bank statements for the last few years. Any money coming in that’s not from MP salary or declared business interests, highlight with a marker and ask them about. ”

    Its the Inland Revenue that should deal with the Robinsons (Thoroughly)