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Collapsed police corruption trial cost tax-payer millions

A Freedom of Information request has revealed that the investigation behind Britain’s biggest ever police corruption trial cost South Wales Police over £9million

It emerged last night that the force had spent a total of £9,215,191 on the 10-year inquiry and has been critisised due to frontline cutbacks in policing.

The trial over the murder of 20-year-old Cardiff prostitute Lynette White, in which the accused were found not guilty, collapsed in December when the prosecution abandoned its case following claims that files of evidence had been shredded.

Eight former officers and two civilians who were accused of perverting the course of justice in an investigation that led to the wrongful jailing of three men for the 1988 murder of 20-year-old Cardiff prostitute Lynette White were subsequently acquitted on the basis they could not get a fair trial.

Former Scotland Yard detective and current Conservative AM for South Wales West, Byron Davies, said: “The public expect a professional service and knowing that this money could have been put to much better use is disappointing.



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