An investigation into alleged sexual offences which involved the arrests of 13 men – including three Police officers – cost the tax payer £200,000 and involved nearly 140 people, an Island Echo Freedom of Information Request has revealed.
Between December and February a total of 13 men were arrested by Police investigating reports from a single female complainant of serious sexual offences – but all were released without charge last month as the CPS deemed there to be insignificant evidence.
Investigating the costs surrounding the investigation, which involved property searches and thorough forensic examinations, Island Echo has discovered the overall cost of Operation Annaside totaled £200,187.
Breaking the massive sum down, £148,852 is estimated to have been the cost of duty time, whilst £34,000 was spent on forensics, £11,609 on overtime, £5,326 on travel and accommodation costs and £400 on other.
The estimated duty time figure includes time dedicated by police officers and police staff undertaking a wide variety of roles in respect of this investigation including scene guards, custody, interviewing, scenes of crime and house searches.
Hampshire Constabulary say the number of core officers involved in the operation was relatively small and that all officers serve Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. A review of Operation Annaside was undertaken by Thames Valley Police – no other forces were been involved.