Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Foetus Stored in Freezer by GMP for Three Years without Mum Knowing

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Foetus Stored in Freezer by GMP for Three Years without Mum Knowing

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POLICE seized an aborted foetus and kept it in a freezer for three years without the mother's knowledge, the M.E.N. can reveal.

GMP detectives who suspected a teenage girl was the victim of sexual grooming in Rochdale seized the foetus from a clinic in the hope of obtaining DNA to identify the father.

The revelation is one of a series made by a retired senior policeman Pete Jackson, 54, whose whistleblowing sparked a major police watchdog investigation.

The foetus is said to have been destroyed without ceremony at the same time as body parts of 12 victims of killer GP Harold Shipman in February 2011. The mother was only informed afterwards.

Mr Jackson told the M.E.N.: "Morally and ethically this is completely wrong. I seriously question claims from senior officers that they'd agonised over decisions to destroy human body parts in this manner."

A GMP spokesman confirmed the incident but insisted officers had correctly applied rules on the destruction of body parts as they applied at the time. They later informed the mother about what had happened.

Morally and this is wrong. I needs to account Pete Mr Jackson, a former detective superintendant who retired in February after 31 years in the police, has now spoken of his dismay following a threeyear probe into his allegations about the retention of body parts by GMP and another alleged failure to protect a youngster.

Mr Jackson told the police watchdog of his concerns that the force kept and then secretly destroyed body parts of Shipman's victims without telling the families - a story exclusively revealed by the M.E.N. in 2013.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) examined this claim as well as an allegation that police conducting a surveillance operation on a suspected paedophile allowed a boy of 13 to walk into his clutches without intervening.

The youngster is said to have spent nearly two hours inside. The operation was ultimately scrapped with no-one being charged. Former chief constable Sir Peter Fahy and former Assistant Chief Constable Terry Sweeney were among a number of officers placed under criminal investigation as the IPCC investigated complaints about both matters but found no evidence of serious wrongdoing. …

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