Warren officers ‘praiseworthy’

THREE police officers cleared of misconduct over the operation to arrest drugs baron Curtis Warren should be praised for protecting Jersey from one of the UK’s worst criminals, according to the senior police officer who exonerated them.

Advocate Philip Sinel announcing that the officers had been exonerated after the private disciplinary hearing
Advocate Philip Sinel announcing that the officers had been exonerated after the private disciplinary hearing

THREE police officers cleared of misconduct over the operation to arrest drugs baron Curtis Warren should be praised for protecting Jersey from one of the UK’s worst criminals, according to the senior police officer who exonerated them.

In a written judgment following a secret disciplinary hearing earlier this month – which was never meant to be made public but has been leaked on the internet – Chief Constable Michael Barton of the Durham Constabulary described the officers, Chief Inspector David Minty, Inspector Louis Beghin and Detective Sergeant Lawrence Courtness, as being part of a ‘professional and effective investigation team’.

The three faced serious disciplinary proceedings after bugging a car when it was being driven across France, Belgium and Holland by one of Warren’s gang in 2007, despite not having the permission of the relevant foreign authorities.

Clearing the officers of any wrongdoing, Mr Barton said they should receive commendations and should take professional and personal satisfaction in helping to put Warren behind bars.