PCC statement regarding review into the case of Danny Major (11 Dec 2015)

A review into the case of Danny Major commissioned by the West Yorkshire Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns-Williamson has been delivered today (Friday11 December).

Mark Burns-Williamson, said:

"I asked an independent police force (Greater Manchester Police) to carry out this investigation after speaking with the Major family and listening to the concerns they have. The family and I both want to know if justice was correctly served. They have been kept informed at all times about the progress of the review.

"I know they are frustrated at the length of time it has taken to compile this report but it was vital that the investigating team left no stone un-turned.

"Having received the report today I must now spend some time to review it in full and consider all the findings, recommendations and next steps. I have spoken to the family today to give them a very brief overview and we will be meeting shortly so we can discuss what happens now.

"What the report does say is that, in the opinion of the investigating team, the evidence supports the premise that there may have been a miscarriage of justice and that there is sufficient 'fresh evidence' to support the case being referred back to the Criminal Case Review Commission (CCRC).

"This is obviously an important development in this long running case which has previously been looked into by a number of agencies. It is important that no one now rushes to judgement and that any legal proceedings resulting from this be allowed to run their course.

"I will of course share all relevant information with all interested parties including the Major family."


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