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Wiping tape was ‘breach of common sense’
1:00pm Saturday 28th September 2013 in News
A DETECTIVE leading an investigation into TR Rogers & Sons scrap metal yard has admitted his team breached police guidelines by wiping video evidence.
Det Sgt Gavin Collier appeared as a witness yesterday in the trial of five men accused of “turning a blind eye” to two police officers posing as metal thieves.
Earlier in the trial, former Det Insp Rodger Cartwright said he made a “mistake” when he ordered the yard’s CCTV to be wiped.
He argued that this was to protect the undercover officers, but Peter Stage, defending Simon Rogers, yesterday suggested to DS Collier that the CCTV had been erased so the defence team could not see it and that it breached guidelines.
DS Collier said: “Yes. It was a breach of a lot of things – including basic common sense.”