The Medium Blue Line; Police Told to Use Psychics and Witches to Help Them Solve Crimes

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The Medium Blue Line; Police Told to Use Psychics and Witches to Help Them Solve Crimes


Byline: Chris Greenwood Crime Correspondent

POLICE should not rule out help from 'clairvoyants and witches' to find a missing person, according to draft guidelines for officers.

Instead of urging detectives to dismiss tip-offs from those claiming to have psychic powers, the advice recommends they proceed with caution and look into any new leads.

The College of Policing suggests that any information received from crystal balls or cauldrons be 'evaluated in the context of the case'.

It advises detectives to record the unusual methods used by the individual, and whether they have had any 'accredited success' in solving other mysteries.

But the document adds that a psychic's testimony should not become a 'distraction' if it cannot help the investigation. The guidelines are likely to raise eyebrows among veteran detectives used to receiving bizarre tip-offs.

Critics claim psychics give worried families false hope - and that - there is little evidence, if any, that they have ever helped solve a case.

Police forces across the country have been asked to comment on the such the guidelines by next month. The College of Policing - which is responsible for police procedures - writes: 'High-profile missing person investigations nearly always attract the interest of psychics and others, such as witches and clairvoyants.

Any information received from psychics should be evaluated in the context of the case, and should never become a distraction. …

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