So, in a nutshell...
...this sequence of events would appear to suggest corruption, cronyism and a flagrant disregard for the law in a matter involving the British police and their support structure.
However we have seen in recent times that rank-and-file police officers may murder civilians and brutally assault wheelchair-bound people while their superiors may repeatedly perjure themselves, all with complete impunity. This being so, the matter of a few Midlands merchants slipping on false beards so as to ensure continuity of the revenue stream they enjoy from the (clearly unregulated) supply of electric human being killers to the (clearly unregulated) police forces of the UK is simply consistent with the way things are done on the island.
After all, it's all in the Common Cause, isn't it? Part of the British way of doing things along with a government of identified thieves performing social engineering on the 'electorate' whilst simultaneously undertaking bloodstained foreign incursions against a few unfortunate goat-herders, all without benefit of a mandate.
My question is this: doesn't anybody get tired of this? Are you all blase? Naive? Apathetic? Or just so beaten-down that it really doesn't matter to you any more?
AC because Mr Plod has a long memory and a much-documented vicious streak. I haven't lived on the island for decades, but I still have to return occasionally.