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Mum continues to campaign for changes in law
9:00pm Wednesday 18th September 2013 in News
THE mother of murdered Becky Godden-Edwards is devoting her days to collecting signatures for a petition to relax the Police and Criminal Evidence Act (PACE) 1984.
Karen Edwards set up the petition after Det Supt Steve Fulcher was summoned to a formal conduct hearing over the way he handled the inquiries into the death of Becky, which resulted in the the evidence being deemed inadmissible.
Det Supt Fulcher is accused of ignoring the PACE guidelines in order to get a confession from Halliwell, who was jailed for 25 years for the murder of 22-year-old Sian O’Callaghan, but could not be prosecuted over the death of Becky because of Fulcher’s disregard of PACE.
In an online poll conducted by the Adver last week, 88 per cent of readers backed Det Supt Fulcher.
Karen said: “I would say that the vast majority of people are behind him. He is good at what he does, he solves crimes and gets results.”
Karen has been at the Asda Walmart store in the North Swindon Orbital Retail Park since Sunday, and has collected hundreds of signatures from supporters.
“We have got about 1,000 signatures over three days, and every day it is getting higher and higher,” she said. “Asda has been fantastic and 100 per cent supportive of what we are trying to do. They have allowed us to come here whenever we want to get signatures.
“I think people are beginning to realise that we are not here to take their money. We do not want anything but their support. Petition packs are still going out and the passion coming from the people of Swindon has been unbelievable.
“What I am trying to do is prompt a review of Section 78 Code C of the Police and Criminal Evidence Act, which deals with the exclusion of unfair evidence from a case. I want to change it to allow it to be more flexible for the senior police officers to go out and do their job. It has to allow them to get people behind bars and not let them walk free.
“PACE needs to be there and I understand that, but it does need to be more flexible.”
The online petition currently has more than 2,000 signatures, with more coming in every day on paper copies.
To sign the petition visit http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/41204.
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