Normally there would be a couple of detective constables investigating it and perhaps a middle-ranking barrister prosecuting.'In this case there was a large police team.
Detective Superintendent Ian Critchley, the force's head of public protection, said: 'We have worked closely with the Crown Prosecution Service from an early stage, and all of the evidence was subjected to careful scrutiny before a decision was taken to charge, particularly where complainants did not see themselves as victims.
He said he respected the verdicts reached by the jury but vowed that the force remained committed to investigating such offences 'no matter how historic, and no matter what the role, position and status of the alleged offender'.
He told the court: 'Because of how much I liked Nigel I think I decided to convince myself it was a one-off and that he got carried away, and he overstepped the line. In his witness statement to police, he said: 'I do not want to make a complaint against Nigel because I do not believe he has committed any offences.
If I thought he had I would have done it at the time.'One of the alleged sexual assault victims told Wollaston supposed details about the incident and claimed he slept at Evans’s cottage in Pendleton.
He stepped down as a deputy speaker last September after he was charged with the offences, involving men who were all in their 20s at the time.'I'm sure he will want to get on with working with his constituents in the Ribble Valley and, as for the future, I'm sure it's something he'll be discussing with the chief whip when he returns to Parliament.'A fourth man said he 'had a bit of a giggle' about Evans's supposed sexual assault on him, while a fifth man came forward to the police with his allegations but two days later said he wanted to withdraw them and did not wish Evans to be questioned about 'a drunken misunderstanding'.
Another of Evans's alleged victims said he 'had a bit of a giggle' with a friend following his claim that Evans cupped his genitals when being introduced to him in the Strangers Bar at the House of Commons.
He found the allegations ‘horrific’ and was embarrassed and shocked at having his private life laid bare - his fumbling advances rebuffed by one young man, the consensual sex with another ‘strapping lad’ 33 years his junior.
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‘All of the evidence was subjected to careful scrutiny before a decision was taken to charge [Mr Evans]’ he said.