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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 March, 2004, 16:11 GMT
Chief Constable Lloyd's statement in full
Tom Lloyd
Lloyd: "Nothing can redress what happened to Holly and Jessica"
Here is the full text of Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Tom Lloyd's closing statement to the Bichard inquiry.

As the Chief Constable of Cambridgeshire I do take full responsibility for the errors that have been made and the failings in the vetting processes that existed at that time.

I will personally ensure that any recommendations of this inquiry and indeed any other recommendations that come to my attention are fully implemented and responded to positively.

If there is anything further that I can do then I will do that.

As I look to the future I hope that some of the things I have referred to by way of improvements in management supervision, training and development of staff and the check system which are more extensive and over more databases can perhaps give some confidence that we have taken steps to improve and will continue to do so.

I have a national responsibility for information management through the Association of Chief Police Officers.

I already work with the Home Office, with the Association of Police Authorities, with the Police Information Technology Organisation and others, not least my colleagues seeking to try and improve the way we share information with each other in terms of breaking down unnecessary barriers and a longer approach to police agencies and other agencies because I think that it is crucial to make sure that the sort of things that happened do not happen again.

I intend to make sure that I redouble my efforts in light of this and that there are no unnecessary barriers to reaching the aim.

I would like to say the reason we are here today is because of the tragic events of August 2002.

Nothing can redress what happened to Holly and Jessica, their families and friends.

But as I think of that - and we all think of that - it gives me the resolve to make sure that what I do and what my colleagues do will be designed to ensure that what has happened by way of failings never happens again.

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