The families of four innocent young students have had to find £221,000 in legal costs to prevent their sons going to jail.
The students were accused of gang-raping a young woman - except that there was evidence that the woman in question had a 'thing' for group sex, was complicit in the act being recorded on video and in the hours after the event had sent text messages to friends expressing concern about the video becoming circulated but not about any alleged rape.
None of these facts, of which the police were aware, were, however, disclosed to either the prosecution or the defence. The only reason these four lads are not now in the 'pokey' is because their families were sufficiently well-heeled to hire a top rate team of barristers and investigators - something that the ordinary man or woman can rarely do.
The police 'spin' is that they investigate without 'fear or favour' but that has long been an untruth. The government and the police have formed an unholy alliance to criminalise as many citizens as possible; it keeps the population fearful and in-check while making the police look more necessary, which, in turn, allows them to justify their demands for bigger budgets.
Will the families manage to get back their £221,000? Almost certainly not. The rules are that the courts only ever award a proportion in costs to a wronged defendant. The police, of course, will have all their costs paid for by us - the taxpayers - so there is no pressure on them to stop behaving so dishonestly.
All that concerns the police is being able to put forward in court a story that will sound plausible to an ill-informed, and probably poorly educated, jury.