Here is the full text of Cambridgeshire Chief Constable Tom Lloyd's closing statement to the Bichard inquiry.
Lloyd: "Nothing can redress what happened to Holly and Jessica"
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
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.