Some of these artefacts may not have been destroyed for reasons of skulduggery. The police generate huge quantities of paperwork (as I'm sure Trevor can confirm!). Custody records, for example, are routinely destroyed after about 6 years as are pocket note-books. Such material accumulates over time until storage space becomes critical and a decision has to be made as to what should be kept and why. Inevitably more recent material is prioritised for retention, sometimes with unfortunate consequences for subsequent researchers.
I still think the timing of the destruction of the material requested by Trevor is highly suspect, given that it had previously been stored for so long, but was there ever anything of real interest to begin with? Guess we'll never know now and that is the frustrating aspect.
Last edited by Bridewell : 03-24-2015 at 09:48 AM.