Coward pledges to act on CPS evidence

first_imgReuse this content British Horseracing Authority The Recap: sign up for the best of the Guardian’s sport coverage Topics First published on Wed 30 Jul 2008 19.01 EDT Share via Email “As Panorama acknowledged, the sport has made major decisions to address the threats we face and we are determined to protect the betting public and the integrity of racing,” Coward said. “The matters highlighted in the programme had already come to the attention of our Integrity Services team.”We have been frustrated and disappointed by the continued refusal to make available to us all the evidence from the [Old Bailey race-fixing] trial so that it can be considered for breaches of the Rules of Racing.”During the seven months since the end of the trial we have written to the Crown Prosecution Service on 17 different occasions attempting to obtain material disclosed in open court, some of which was apparently handed to Panorama.”This includes the secretly recorded probe evidence which the programme highlighted. We now intend to proceed with this as a matter of urgency.” … we have a small favour to ask. The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. The British Horseracing Authority confirmed last night that it has finally secured access to vital evidence that could lead to disciplinary proceedings against individuals who featured in last night’s BBC Panorama programme, “Racing’s Dirty Secrets”.Nic Coward, the BHA’s chief executive, confirmed that a number of investigations are ongoing into issues raised by the broadcast, while stressing that the Authority had been “frustrated and disappointed” by previous refusals by the police and the Crown Prosecution Service to release important material. Share on Twitter Share via Email Share on LinkedIn Share on Messenger Read more Share on Twitter @Greg_Wood_ Since you’re here… Share on Facebook Share on WhatsApp British Horseracing Authority Fergal Lynch is likely to come under renewed investigation following the release of evidence by the Crown Prosecution Service. Photograph: Nick Potts/PA Wed 30 Jul 2008 19.01 EDT Support The Guardian Greg Wood Horse racing Share on Pinterest Share on Facebook Coward pledges to act on CPS evidence Shares00last_img read more