Mayor of Greater Manchester, Andy Burnham, said: “I want this important review to be published as soon as possible. But I also have a responsibility to ensure that no corners are cut and that it is as comprehensive as possible.

“Following the fair process letters and feedback provided, the independent review team will be taking additional victim testimony, which could lead to further examination of case files and other interviews. As a result, they cannot, at this stage, give an indicative date for publication and will provide a further update at the earliest opportunity.

“I fully appreciate how frustrating this news will be, but it is important that we give the review team the time they need to produce as thorough a report as possible so it has integrity, and most importantly, victims feel that they’ve been listened to.”

Malcolm Newsam, from the Independent Review Team, said: “I fully understand the desire to see this review published as soon as possible and Gary Ridgway and myself are working hard to do this at the earliest opportunity. However, we must balance the need to get the report out as quickly as we can while ensuring that we have approached the review fairly and that no stone has been left unturned.

"Very recently, further significant evidence has been brought forward following the fair process consultation and it is right that we take the time to hear that evidence and incorporate it within our final report. Our report will be published as soon as this piece of work has been completed.”


Article Published: 08/03/2022 16:52 PM