DCI Elizabeth Belton

Page updated Thursday 22nd August 2013 at 1520hrs

Rogue Officer, DCI Liz Belton (pictured above), is the now notorious ‘sex in the Killingbeck sauna’ policewoman who certainly has a penchant for boys in blue.

The incident that resulted in a punch-up between C/Supt Ian Whitehouse (pictured centre) and Belton’s Burton Salmon live-in partner, Sergeant Chris Beddis (pictured left) was covered on the front page of the Yorkshire Post newspaper in April 2012. Read full story here.

This was another piece down to uPSD investigative reporter Neil Wilby who worked exclusively with the Yorkshire Post‘s Rob Waugh to make sure the public were made aware of what senior officers are doing, when they should be investigating crime and protecting our communities.

The sauna incident was then followed by extraordinary scenes at the police station where Belton is based. The cuckolded wife, Julie Whitehouse, herself an ex-cop, bluffed her way past police reception and into the CID Department where Belton ‘works’. Mrs Whitehouse then stormed into Belton’s office and assaulted her in front of astonished colleagues, some of them hardened detectives with many years service.

Mrs Whitehouse had been tipped off about the affair by a national newspaper journalist and, also, about the fact that the Killingbeck debacle was not the first time that her husband had been caught ‘at it’ by other police officers on undercover surveillance. Belton and Ian Whitehouse had been found, some months earlier, having sex on duty around 35 miles away from both her and Whitehouse’s respective bases, at South Elmsall, almost in South Yorkshire Police’s area.

Killingbeck Police Station is also where Operation Yewtree’s ‘Inspector 5’, Mick Starkey, was based. Starkey is best known for his role as bodyguard and chauffeur for the country’s most notorious paedophile and rapist, Jimmy Savile. Killingbeck was also the base for serial flasher, Sgt Ian Poskitt.

Ordinarily, a sex in the sauna farrago between two police officers wouldn’t interest hard-nosed investigators but sexual predator Liz Belton had come to Neil Wilby’s attention concerning non-investigation of a string of fraud and theft offences committed by a Wetherby businesswoman who seems to enjoy a seemingly miraculous protected status within the NE Leeds Division of West Yorkshire Police.

A missing POCA crime file was the focus of attention. Belton, Killingbeck’s CI Melanie Jones and her PSD colleague, and fellow Rogue Officer, DI Peter Howarth were prepared to go to any lengths to prevent prosecution of a serial offender. The same DI Peter Howarth who was, at the same time, at the centre of a ludicrous – and ultimately fruitless – three year financial pursuit of a fellow police officer which uPSD have covered in detail here.

It says much about the poor judgement of  Whitehouse (currently Director of the National Police Air Service) that he would risk his marriage, and police career, over a type of individual such as Belton, known amongst colleagues as a rude, foul-mouthed bully. It says even more about West Yorkshire Police and their Police Authority that, after the damaging story reached the press, they were much more focused on trying to root out Neil Wilby’s whistleblowers than imposing sanctions on either Whitehouse, Belton or the unfortunately cuckolded Beddis.

It has also come to uPSD’s attention that during her time serving at Rothwell Neighbourhood Police Team in Leeds, Belton attended a crime incident at Rothwell Sports Centre, a major multi-faceted Leeds City Council owned leisure facility. Part of her ‘investigations’ included propositioning and attempting to seduce the facility manager. As a happily married man, he rejected her advances.

Nonetheless, Section 47 Assault, Affray, Misconduct in Public Office are not considered serious enough by West Yorkshire Police to even warrant a misconduct hearing, when it suits their purpose in avoiding ‘reputational’ damage. Or, when at least one of the officers concerned could blow the lid off a whole raft of other corrupt acts covered up by the Force.

The decision not to pursue Belton and Whitehouse in either misconduct or criminal proceedings was taken by Rogue Chief John Parkinson and sanctioned by none other than current Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark Burns Cover-Up. Now forever famous for his oft repeated ‘There is no corruption in West Yorkshire Police’ mantra.

Belton, a graduate of Brigshaw Comprehensive School on the outskirts of Castleford, was transferred out of CID into West Yorkshire Police’s Professional Standards Department investigating complaints against police officers made by members of the public in NE Leeds. You couldn’t, in all truth, make it up.