Full Version: NEC Statement - Payments to police informants
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The Liberal Party views with considerable concern the revelation that a convicted criminal was paid 10k pounds to secure the conviction of the members of a child exploitation gang in Newcastle.

Whilst financial rewards may encourage intelligence, they should not be seen as the easy option, nor should cuts to frontline policing be seen as a justification for neglecting conventional investigative methods.

There is considerable public unease at the use of tax payer’s money to facilities such intelligence gathering, and subsequent media coverage has already detailed how the prosecution case was threatened by a breakdown in the relationship between informant and handler.

However difficult it is to investigate and prosecute such appalling cases of exploitation and abuse, investigative methods must ensure public trust in not alienated in the search for justice.