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Recap: Celia Service Rhos on Sea crash death private investigator holds press conference to reveal findings
UPDATED 12:49, 9 JUN 2016
BY JEZ HEMMING , MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Mike Naughton was tasked with looking into the circumstances surrounding the investigation into the death of Mrs Service in April 2012. He is holding a press conference at Venue Cymru to reveal his findings …

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Press conference at Venu Cymru attended by Chris Service, David Service and Mike Naughton. Inset: David and Celia ServicePress conference at Venu Cymru attended by Chris Service, David Service and Mike Naughton. Inset: David and Celia Service

12:49 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Story so far

Here is our story of this morning’s press conference into the circumstances surrounding the investigation into the death of Celia Service. The live blog is ending now, but we will bring you any statements that follow from the allegations made today as we receive them. Thanks for joining us.

12:44 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Press conference and questions over

We will be bringing you a full round up of this morning’s extraordinary press conference shortly

12:28 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Questions being taken

Mr Naughton is now fielding questions from journalists attending the press conference. The main claims that have been made are that the investigation into Mrs Service’s death was botched, there was collusion between the police and Crown Prosecution Service, that senior members of the investigation team were freemasons, and that medical evidence about the driver of the vehicle that killed Celia would have been ripped to shreds had the CPS decided to prosecute the case.

12:26 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Press conference concludes

Right, the press conference is now over, and questions are being taken by the panel including David Service (Celia’s widower), their son Chris and private investigator Mike Naughton.

12:19 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘The whole investigation stinks’

Private investigator Mike Naughton claims ‘the whole (police) investigation stinks’

12:15 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Like third world policing’

The press conference hears claims that police failed to interview the shopkeeper whose shop the accident happened outside of on the day of the accident. The conference hears the quality of the policing of the case was “third world”

12:08 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Senior officers involved were freemasons’

Dramatic claims coming from the press conference being held by private investigator Mike Naughton
12:07 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Celia ‘most beautiful person in the world’

In the days after her death, heartbroken Mr Service described his late wife as “generous, warm, kind and loving. The most beautiful person in the world.”

Celia and David ServiceCelia and David Service
11:59 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘They didn’t have a chance’

Widower Mr Service says his wife Celia and daughter Helen would not have stood a chance when they were hit by the vehicle being driven by Mr Reid. But he says he knew his wife would have desperately hoped that their daughter would have survived. Helen did survive the crash, but Mrs Service would have died not knowing that.

11:56 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Evidence not used’

Mr Naughton shows evidence he says should have been used by police which was not
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‘Evidence would have been torn apart’

The Service family and private investigator Mr Naughton believe that the medical evidence relating to the driver of the car, Geoffrey Fitzwalter Read, would have been ‘torn apart’ by prosecutors had the case gone to court.

11:53 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Investigation failings’

To recap so far, the press conference is hearing allegations that there were failings in the investigation into Mrs Service’s death. Among the claims are that evidence gathered by investigators that was given to police was not passed to the CPS, and that the investigation itself was flawed. The most striking allegation so far is that there was a ‘police cover up’ and collusion between the police and CPS.

11:50 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Background to case

You can find some of the background about the death of Celia Service here

11:48 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Mountain of evidence’

More from Jez at the press conference
11:44 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Driver not unconscious at time of crash’

More from Jez at the press conference
11:40 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘No apology’

Emotions running high …
11:36 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Cover up’

Press conference hears allegation of ‘police cover up’ in relation to investigation into Mrs Service’s death
11:35 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘We’re not anti-police’

More from Jez
11:30 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Evidence not handed over’

More from Jez at the press conference
11:25 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Poor policing’

Mr Naughton continues to outline allegations
11:23 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Should have prosecuted’

Mr Naughton’s investigations lead him to believe Mr Read, the 90-year-old driver of the vehicle which killed Mrs Service, should have been prosecuted.

11:18 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Perverting course of justice’

The group claim there has been a perversion of the course of justice in relation to the investigation into Mrs Service’s death, claiming both the Crown Prosecution Service and deputy coroner for North Wales are at fault

11:14 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Outlining evidence

Here is our man Jez Hemming reporting from the press conference.
11:13 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
‘Justice, not vengeance’

The press conference gets underway. Mr Naughton, along with Mrs Service’s husband David and son Chris. They say their investigations are “not about vengeance, but about justice”.

11:07 MARC WADDINGTON-NW
Private detective holds press conference to reveal findings over road death crash of Celia Service

Today at Venue Cymru private detective Mike Naughton is holding a press conference following the conclusion of his investigations into the circumstances surrounding the death of Celia Service.

Mrs Service died in Rhos on Sea in 2012 when she was hit by a car being driven by 90-year-old Geoffrey Fitzwalter Read. Her daughter Helen was also injured when Mr Read’s Jaguar XF mounted the kerb and struck a railing on Rhos Road.

Mr Read said he had no recollection of what happened and a decision was made not to prosecute him.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) told North Wales Police to look again at the case.

But Mrs Service’s widower, David, unsatisfied with the outcome of the initial police investigation, and instructed private investigator Mr Naughton to look into the case.

Mr Naughton will lay out the findings of his own investigations to assembled media at Venue Cymru. Our reporter Jez Hemming will be covering the press conference live.

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