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Mr Stoddart, under question 21 of your statement, page 05246, you make the point that:

"As a rule, there is no contact between my officers that occurs outside the working environment as this is almost conducted entirely over the phone or in a police station. Senior officers, ACPO rank and those leading inquiries, again, as a rule, only conduct business in an official or legitimate location. I have mentioned the one occasion as Chief Constable that I socialised with members of the media."

So it would seem from what you say there that it's simply not part of the way things work, to be meeting socially.

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