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Things got very difficult when they came up with virtually nothing -- the decision was then made to lean on friends and acquaintances' of Ward, -- and have them testify to false statements and fabricated evidence -- this order was leading the police into dangerous territory; Ward still had a few powerful friends he could call upon for support, and any questions in The House Of Commons would not be welcome by the Prime Minister.
The police continued to turn his friends by coercion and threats until all the selected witnesses told lies and anyone supporting him was suppressed. Justice Marshall failed to conceal his hate for Ward for bringing the scandal down on England.
One must consider beyond any doubt, that the four man team of cops were not acting alone to frame Stephen Ward, that conclusion or suggestion would be preposterous to say the least, they were acting under orders from their bosses throughout.
At the helm of the conspiracy was Home Secretary Henry Brooke, and he had become anxious and annoyed with Roger Hollis of MI5 who said a prosecution against Ward under the Official Secrets Act would not succeed.
Paymaster and tycoon, a man called Benson, paid the officers to inform him of raids and if necessary, make evidence disappear. He teamed up with 'racing swindler ' William Kurr and together they issued ' Le-Sport ' which included many references to the wealthy Mr.
Yonge who lived in a mansion on Shanklin, the Isle-of-Wight.
Burrows and Eustace said (25yrs later), the case and investigation was not normal police practice as one usually investigated the circumstances after a crime had been committed, but this one was to 'invent a crime and find things to support it' Apart from this, everything found had to be logged and the Prime Minister had to be kept informed and receive copies of all the evidence and reports-- ' A closed copy for his eyes only' They realised they were being employed to go on 'a fishing expedition' to justify an expected catalogue of charges ---'Go and find one that will stick in a court of law' was the order from the Met Chief.
There was a Judicial and Government cover-up with a trail made deliberately confusing that led all the way to the Lord Chief Justice whose intervention made sure that Stephen Ward was found guilty -- he had to be sacrificed for the sake of John Profumo the then Secretary of State for War in the Macmillan Government in the 1960's -- when the State decided to lie, cheat and deceive, using its powers to put an innocent citizen in prison for the sake of minimising a scandal and what they considered; the greater good! one died, one retired and went into hiding in Australia and simply vanished?
The two Junior ranks, Detective Sergeants, now immune --- waited 25 years before admitting that Ward had been set-up by the Law and an adversary that he could not escape --- the British Legal system did everything it could to make certain that Ward was convicted; and later information uncovered showed that Lord Justice Parker played a major part in carrying out the miscarriage of justice.
All four cops ended up on trial along with Benson and William Kurr (plus a lawyer).
Wealthy businessman and Freemason Yonge escaped, he was too powerful to bring down.