28 January 2009

McCann Case: Jane Tanner/DC Ferguson Statement

Introductory Document: DC Ferguson Statement

LEICESTERSHIRE CONSTABULARY

Witness Statement

CJ Act 1967, s.9; MC Act 1980, ss.5A(3) (a) and 5B; Criminal Procedure Rules 2005 , Rule 27.1
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Statement of: SOPHIE VICTORIA FERGUSON
Age if under 18: (if over 18 insert ‘over 18’)
Occupation: POLICE OFFICER

This statement (consisting of 2 pages, signed by me) is true to the best of my knowledge and belief. And I make it, knowing that if it is tendered in evidence, I shall be liable to prosecution if I have wilfully stated in it, anything, which I know to be false or do not believe to be true.

Dated: 2nd May 2008

Signature:
Tick if witness evidence is visually recorded (supply witness details on rear)

I am Detective Constable 4078 FERGUSON of the Leicestershire Constabulary currently stationed on the Major Crime Unit and engaged on enquiries on Operation Task.

At 10.00 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 10:18 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.101 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.102.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.102 A

At 10.28 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a second recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 11:29 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.103 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.104.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.104 A

At 11:55 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a third recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 12:40 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.105 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.106.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F. 106 A.

At 13:49 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a fourth recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 15:09 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.107 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.108.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.108 A.

At 16:29 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a fifth recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 17:25 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.109 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.110.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.110A

At 17:42 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a sixth recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 17:53 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.111 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.112.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.112 A

At 19:30 hours on Tuesday, 8th April 2008 I was present at an interview suite at Leicestershire Police Force Headquarters when I commenced a seventh and final recorded interview with the witness Jane Michelle Tanner. The interview ceased at 19:38 hours.

This interview was recorded onto DVD and a master copy and a working copy were produced.

I produce the master copy of this DVD as exhibit reference S.V.F.113 and the working copy as exhibit reference S.V.F.114.

I have had the opportunity to read and check through a transcript made of this interview and I produce the transcript of the interview as exhibit reference S.V.F.114 A

During this interview process the witness Jane Tanner produced a plan which is marked as exhibit reference J.T.1. I took possession of this exhibit and at 15:10 hours on Monday 14th April 2008 I handed it to exhibits officer 7383 Craven.

After the interviews were completed on Tuesday 8th April 2008 I handed exhibits S.V.F.101,102,103,104,105,106,107,108,109,110,111,112, and 113 to DC 1578 Andrew Gierc.

At 15:30 hours on Monday 14th April 2008 I took exhibits S.V.F.101, 103, 105, 107, 109, 111 and 113 out of the secure store and handed them to exhibits officer 7383 Craven.

This statement is made by myself and is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.




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