Coroner orders probe as Kent Police throw away suicide note left by Strood taxi driver Christopher Sherwood Our training was that sealed notes should only be opened by HM Coroner and ALL notes must be presented as Inquest evidence. The law is that each individual constable is individually answerable to HM the Queen sole fount of justice. So what is all the bollix about a chain of supervision ? He didn't ask a senior officer ? All very well but what happens when he is investigating the senior officer or someone the senior officer wants to protect. The very reason all constables are equal in Crown rank and individually responsible for the discharge of their duty. This is the reason one officer is the HM Coroners Officer. ONE officer hiding behind no one and ultimately answerable. This is the reason objections were (Unsuccessfully) made years ago to Pc Kim Burgess becoming a rural beat officer where he would carry out Coroners Officer duties. He had been convicted in office for perverting the course of justice. And allowed to keep his Kent Plod career. After his conviction he was schools liaison officer in Thanet. A beacon of example to the area's youth. If you want to get away with it be a Kent copper. Then he was posted to a rural beat. That which was home to the notorious 6th Thanet Gun Range. At an inquest what is his word worth "I do not suspect foul play". The word of a convicted criminal liar who broke his oath of office to the Queen. Every inquest he gave evidence at would suffer a flaw under S 13 Coroners Act 1988. Irregularity. The HM Coroner duty is to allay suspicion. What on the basis of the word of a criminal liar ?