Friday, February 11, 2011

Holliegate - What Happened To The Tapes ?

I would like to publicly thank those who travelled to Edinburgh to make representations to the delegates at the ironically named Children First event. I would also wish to express my appreciation to those of you who came to Liverpool on the same day to support Hollie`s case at the TUC evening, where I was unexpectedly allowed to give a short address to a packed audience that included actor Ricky Tomlinson and award-winning film director Ken Loach.

The courage and commitment of our dedicated and loyal supporters are greatly appreciated by Hollie, Anne and myself.

I would like to remind everyone that our next planned event takes place at the Shirehall, Shrewsbury at 11.00 hours on Saturday 19th February, followed by a march into the centre of the town. It must be emphasised that we are joining an event arranged by Unison, who have kindly allowed us to participate. Unison are protesting about public sector cuts in Shropshire and, while we have no particular view on this matter, it seems strange that, in the current economic climate, Shropshire Council are spending so much money and effort in what can only be described as a campaign of harassment against Anne and Hollie.

After my arrest for Breach of the Peace on February 12th 2010, a tape recorded interview was conducted by 2 Grampian Police officers: DS Drummond and DC Crowder. During the interview I made reference to a very serious crime which I believe had been committed and identified an individual whom I had strong reason to believe was responsible.

To the best of my knowledge, the police and Procurator Fiscal, have made no attempt whatsoever to investigate this allegation and have not questioned the person I named. Due to the bail conditions which were imposed on me recently, I am unable to comment further on this matter.

 When I eventually received written transcripts of the interview eight months later, I was shocked to discover that there was no reference whatsoever to the allegations I mentioned above. This is a very significant omission both in terms of my own defence and, much more seriously, in terms of an allegation of a very serious crime appearing to vanish without trace.  

 In late 2010 I asked both Stephen McGowan, Procurator Fiscal for Aberdeen at the time of my arrest, and his successor, Andrew Richardson,  for an explanation of why this allegation did not appear on the transcript. I have yet to receive any response.


  1. If they are making it up , WHY the cover UP?

  2. The only way for the transcript to not include this is for the material to have been removed deliberately. This would constitute tampering with evidence and it would be a criminal offence.

    The only person(s) who would have access to the tapes would be the Police and Procurator Fiscal. Am I correct in saying this?

    It represents Misconduct in Public Office which is a criminal offence as well.

    It has a rank and pestilent odour about it for sure.

    Question is, why go to all this trouble if they have nothing to hide?


  3. Have the two Police officers been contacted regarding the matter?

  4. Has Ken Loach approached you for the film rights?
    I can hear Ricky now....'Justice my arse!'

  5. I know they'd probably just close ranks, but couldn't you report these officers' crime to a neighbouring force?

  6. Bizarre that one council will spend pots of money preventing a man with a low IQ from having sex but another spending even more curtailing the freedoms of Hollie Greig, a woman who is more than capable of making her own decisions.