Brooke was absolutely determined to get Stephen Ward by whatever means, fair or foul, and the latter was chosen.
Yonge entered the plan, and got Clarke to visit him on the Isle - of - Wight. This turned later and Yonge said he'd paid 50 to Clarke.
Firstly they gave the reason it was bad for business, then on the grounds it would sour relations.
It also came about that the police would only take part if they could have a script and cases they were willing to discuss (we would be forbidden to ask anything they did not like or unexpectedly put to them of an embarrassing nature) We said no, as this would not get a proper response on air especially to cases they would prefer not to discuss.
William Kurr enlisted Chief Inspector John Meiklejohn and paid him not to investigate or derail investigations into previous swindles.
Second police officer Chief Inspector Nathaniel Druscovich was in financial difficulties, Meiklejohn introduced him to Kurr, who now had two cops on his payroll, this was soon followed by a third cop - Chief Inspector William Palmer.