Alan Chard

'Supergrass' witness admits he lied to convict Alan Chard

The Guardian, March 2 1981

A man who took part in one of Scotland Yard's largest 'supergrass' operations has admitted that he lied in court and helped to convict an alleged bank robber, Alan Chard, who is now serving 12 years in prison as a result and who has always protested his innocence.
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The 'supergrass' operation which jailed an innocent man

The Guardian, March 2 1981

Peter Wilding was stuck in a traffic jam in Hounslow on the afternoon of September 26 1974. A man walked up to the car and asked directions. "I looked down at his map and, the next thing I knew, there were police officers climbing all over my car."
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Chard may be released using royal prerogative

The Guardian, March 3 1981

The Home Office is considering using the royal prerogative of mercy to free Alan Chard, who was sentenced to 12 years' imprisonment in 1975 on the evidence of a police informer who has now told the Guardian that he was lying.
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Police open new inquiry into Chard case

The Guardian, March 6 1981

The Serious Crimes Squad is investigating the case of Alan Chard who is serving a 12-year sentence imposed in 1975 using the evidence of a man who has since told the Guardian that he lied.
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Chard ends his hunger strike

The Guardian, March 24 1981

Alan Chard, imprisoned for 12 years on the evidence of a police informer who now admits that he lied, has ended his hunger strike in Parkhurst Prison after a personal appeal from Stephen Ross, the Liberal MP who has taken up his case.
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Home Office blocks effective appeal by Chard

The Guardian, May 13 1981

The Home Office has been accused of effectively blocking the appeal of Alan Chard, who was gaoled for 15 years for bank robbery after being convicted on the uncorroborated evidence of police informers.

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Chard gets early release from prison

The Guardian, October 10 1981

Alan Chard, who was imprisoned on the evidence of an informer who has since told the Guardian that he lied, is to be released on parole after serving nearly six years of a 12-year sentence.
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Court of Appeal to hear Chard case

The Guardian, March 30 1983

Mr William Whitelaw, the Home Secretary, is to ask the Court of Appeal to review the case of Alan Chard, the alleged bank robber who was sentenced to 12 years in prison on the evidence of an informer who has now admitted that he lied.
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Chard wins a new appeal and a chance to change the law

The Guardian, June 24 1983

The Law Lords yesterday agreed to hear a new appeal by Alan Chard who was released on parole after a police informer had told the Guardian that he had given false evidence.

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