Fit Up: Fighting the Police to Clear My Husband's Name
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Arrested without warning, charged on unjust terms; Fit Up is the harrowing true story of a couple's ten-year battle to reclaim their lives and integrity after a flawed police inquiry effectively ruined them, both emotionally and financially. From her unique perspective as wife of the accused, Faith Clifford documents the tragic consequences of her husband Jeremy's wrongful arrest and charges for downloading child porn on the internet, and the subsequent ordeal that nearly drove them both to suicide. Embroiled in the ill-managed Operation Ore, the most controversial investigation in recent police history, the couple remain the only people in the UK to have successfully sued the police in this type of case, having been finally awarded damages and significant costs of over ?750,000. Lifting the lid on embellished charges and manipulated evidence, Fit Up recounts in heart-wrenching detail how a normal couple were subjected to the stigma and prejudice of being associated with the vilest of crimes, and how, against all the odds, they persevered not only to clear Jeremy's name, but to get the justice the couple so richly deserved.
which I found very encouraging, then returning to Paddy to ask further questions. The QC for the police, realising that he was losing ground, tried to interject with his arguments but Lord Justice Dyson went quiet, pausing in thought. Out of the corner of my eye, Lord Justice Hooper, who had been sitting quietly throughout and had made absolutely no comment during the proceedings, was waving a sheet of paper to gain the attention of his colleagues. For the first time he spoke out and said, ‘It
list of the 7,250 or so suspects had somehow come into the possession of the Sunday Times. Although no names had been printed, it was said that the list included prominent individuals, teachers, military personnel, civil servants and a ‘famous pop star’. In another article I read that the pop star in question was Pete Townshend of The Who, which I remembered seeing on the news at the beginning of 2003, as he had had a very public arrest and search of his home. I was beginning to feel uneasy about
then received a call from Jeremy’s younger sister, Claire, who had already been informed of what had happened. She said that she was near the area and asked if I wanted support. I had got to that stage of the day when I could do with someone batting for my side and asked her to come to the shop. She arrived and saw my ashen face, hugged me and asked what it was the police were looking for. Burn took it upon herself to interrupt us, saying that they had substantial evidence against Jeremy for the
and I promised to call them the next day. As they drove away, I turned around to look up at the house, our haven, which no longer felt welcoming or safe. I felt exhausted from the shock of it all and it felt like I had been gone for an eternity instead of just an afternoon. Turning the key in the lock of the front door and entering the hall, I was startled to see Jeremy appear from the shadows with just the lamplight from the street illuminating his face, which was ashen, his eyes dark-ringed
resulting in this statement. Hopkins said that he had passed this on to the CPS along with a memo he wrote. However, he did not state that he had had a conversation with Fouhey where effectively he was told that he did not have a case. Leslie pointed out that the CPS are only as good as the information they receive and asked why he had not told them of the significance of the information on the statement, thus sitting on information. Hopkins said he could not comment at this time but thought he