Dear followers and supporters,
As you will know, it has been over a year since Cardon Banfield was formally identified, and nearly 12 months ago that an official investigation into his death was rejected.
The denial of a formal investigation into his death served as a slight blow to the #JusticeForCardon campaign at the time however we have been working hard over the last 10 months to build up enough evidence to show that there has been significant failure at all levels before Cardon’s death and post his discovery.
Cardon Banfield has been the unfortunate catalyst which has exposed catastrophic decisions being made behind private doors in the years running up to July 2016 and we must ensure that answers are given and people, along with their organisations, are held accountable.
Through Freedom of Information, since the rejection of a review into Cardon’s death, there have been over 5 disclosures of evidence that prove bad decisions, disobeying of policy or even LIES being told from Worcester City Council. Since these have been obtained, the Council has sought to shut the Campaign up by refusing to talk about housing or homelessness, but they will never silence our run to get answers.
We will be using the damning evidence obtained through our FOI requests to submit another Safeguarding Adults Review (SAR) through the Worcestershire Safeguarding Adults Board and make sure that all the criteria is met to enable an investigation to be carried out.
Whilst people in authority may continue to make out this Campaign is a nuisance, we will hold ourselves strong in the knowledge that we have unmasked enough evidence to:
reasonably conclude that there has been an institutional cover-up in regards to Cardon Banfield.
The SAR application will be submitted in the coming days and, of course, you will be updated with any progress on this.
Whilst many discount this Campaign as being too direct, harsh or inappropriate, we have had an influx of support from people who see why we have had to be as forward as we have been – and in the conclusion that this is more than likely a cover-up, it has been entirely justified.
Justice for Cardon isn’t about winning a point against a bureaucracy but instead getting answers as to why a bureaucracy was so clumsy in its operations to allow a 74 year old man to partially mummify on the banks of Worcester in June/July 2016 and not admit mistakes, even a year on.
Thank you to everyone who has supported this fight and I promise we will get answers – however long they take: We will get Justice for Cardon Banfield.