I will not bore you with their claims of unfairness on my part and the denials they continually issue to cover up their malpractice.
It was obviously better to do this than allow the public to believe there may be widespread corruption in the force -- but this would have been so if the public had been aware of three other officers on trial with him were being sent to jail for conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
The Press were actively if not covertly, encouraged to concentrate their stories on Challenor -- and unfortunately -- they did, and the three other convicted officers quietly left the court for a journey to prison by the back-door so-to-speak.
Brooke was absolutely determined to get Stephen Ward by whatever means, fair or foul, and the latter was chosen.
So he went to The Metropolitan Police, and they were up for it.
The eventual 'fit-up' trial was at the Old Bailey in Court No 1. He remained bias and belied anything said favourable of Ward by his defence Lawyer --- his brief was to silence Ward and put him in jail.
The tragedy here is that the police and judiciary succeeded and were about to impose a sentence of up to 14 years when Ward took an overdose and died in hospital.1963 saw the sensational trial of the corrupt and vicious career of Detective Sergeant Harry Challenor.Clarke was trapped, he'd been to Yonge's several times on invites - they were both brother freemasons.A villain, Walters also said he had bribed Clarke and had a letter proving it.From this beginning, the police were never able to shake off corruption, its smell never escaped the corridors of power even though some introduced 'sweeping' and 'special teams' to eradicate it --- they were not successful, and never have been.All such investigations have been 'cosmetic' and ' a publicity stunt' in order to allay public fears.William Kurr enlisted Chief Inspector John Meiklejohn and paid him not to investigate or derail investigations into previous swindles.