The Herefordshire Council Solicitor KC – 2016

In 2016, I contacted Herefordshire Council’s solicitor, Kate Coughtrie, by phone, after receiving a letter from the local authority threatening legal action against me, in which it claimed I was breaching my mother and brother’s human rights.
The letter was one of others that followed, containing vexatious threats, defamatory comments and punitive restrictions over the next few years, continuing their psychological abuse.

During the call, I asked KC if the letter was the official response from Herefordshire Council, including the accusation that I was breaching my mother and brother’s human rights.
KC confirmed it was the official response and that I should seek my own legal advice, as can be heard in the short audio recording of our phone conversation, below which is also available at this link detailing more, along with a transcript of the call: The council solicitor letter regarding human rights


At the time of the call, I didn’t know that KC would later, in 2020, make a dishonest written statement to a colleague about our phone conversation.

Below is a letter I received regarding a subject access request that I submitted and a particular piece of missing data, which contains KC’s false statement.
In the letter of August 2020, you can read KC was dishonest with her colleague about the phone conversation she and I had, in which she clearly stated the letter was the official response.

Coughtrie 20200825 Response_Redacted


I also include, below, my letter to KC regarding our phone conversation.

Ms Coughtrie statutory and mandatory rights and false claims_Redacted


With such concealment of facts by KC, there’s no place for doubt in my mind that there was never any intention to uphold my families rights but perniciously destroy my family through deceit & lies, and for the mere convenience of LA staff, advocacy and provider.

And five years on from this time, as Herefordshire Councils threats, lies and torment continue, I have still not had the chance to address their threats or lies in court, nor a trial, let alone a fair one for their later accusations, lies and threats made against me.
All while my mother and I continued to be denied visits home and contact until the day she died, regardless of a court order for contact.


Court Order Proven Useless

Even a court order hasn’t prevented The Priory Group & Herefordshire Council denying my brother of contact or visits home.

Birthdays, Christmas, distressingly even our mother’s funeral, all denied. Unreasonable and unjust restrictions to family and private life that have faced no consequences or legal challenge, not least by advocacy who previously assisted in concealing neglect & ill-treatment of my brother.

All while torment, punitive restrictions and threats continue to be received from Herefordshire Council.


10 Years Since Winterbourne Abuse

Ten years today (31st May 2021) since the abuse at Winterbourne was exposed.

My candle isolated like the vulnerable people, the flame obscured like the abuse was by many individuals and organisations.

And while remembering, I think of my vulnerable adopted brother, lost to Herefordshire Council & The Priory Group through their deceit and lies, covering up neglect and ill-treatment that happened to him, merely for the convenience of employees of the above and others organisations.


401 days Have Passed

Today is 401 days since Herefordshire Council, Stephen Vickers & his Priory Group equivalent David Watts, unlawfully denied my brother, for a 2nd time, of being with me for a close family member’s funeral service; that of our mother’s.
Compassion & empathy ignored by them all.

Staff of both organisations have continued to deceive and lie, including continuing to create false records for contact; as I can evidence. While there’s been no response since from either organisation or individuals, other than to threaten.


148 Days Since Herefordshire Council’s Latest Threat

148 days have passed since the latest threat from Herefordshire Council, without formal notice of their legal action.
As such, I have just submitted my letter of request to the courts asking for permission to pursue action against them and the company that helped them deceive, lie and destroying a family.


Priory Group Subject Access Request – Missing Data

Below is part of an email chain the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) provided to me between them and The Priory Group.
It was provided after The Priory Group made a false claim to the ICO regarding receiving my subject access request to them, which I proved to the ICO the Priory Group had received.

The email sent by the ICO on 13th October 2017 to The Priory Group was replied to on 20th November 2017 by, I believe, David Watts of The Priory Group.
As you can see, the response email claims all emails to and from a particular individual were deleted, and they went on to state the data was unretrievable.
fortunately, I have copies of the emails which clearly indicate the Priory Group were unlawfully restricting and denying visits home for my brother to see our mother and I, and limiting contact long before 2017, breaching an agreement made at a meeting in 2016 with a negligent advocate BS, provided by Onside Advocacy, and social worker EG provided by Herefordshire Council, who chose to ignore graphic evidence of neglect, among other concerns & incidents reported.



Of interest is the below letter, which is a copy of The Priory Group letter of compliance to Aberystwyth University regarding the protection of data, dated May 2018.
As you can read, The Priory Group claim since September 2017, data is protected from damage, destruction or loss, which conflict somewhat with the email from them to the ICO.



If the above letter is accurate and truthful, and the disappearance of information is no longer possible due to safety measures that have been in place since September 2017, any data I or you request of The Priory Group via subject access requests or freedom of information requests should, with reasonable assurance, be provided without it mysteriously disappearing or coming unrecoverable.



One Year Since Mum’s Funeral Service

One year today, Herefordshire Council, The Priory Group & Onside Advocacy, shamefully & unlawfully denied my vulnerable adopted brother from attending our mother’s funeral with me.
R.I.P. Mum x


A short clip of Boris Johnson announcing funerals were exempt at the time of my mother’s funeral, in line with guidance and the legislation.


Travel to funerals was also permitted as stated in the legislation, and following the Mental Capacity Act, attendance of people who lacked capacity was to be encouraged.


Another Section of The Care Act Ignored by Herefordshire Council

Another piece of legislation Herefordshire Council ignored, forcing me to take charge, hire a legal firm incurring personal costs, and requesting assistance from the Office of The Public Guardian due to the LA’s punitive restrictions and delays, was section 47 of the Care Act.

Care Act Section 47

Under Herefordshire Council and Priory Group ‘care’, my brother has lost many items & belongings, while others have been damaged or broken without apology, repair or replacement. Including items, I have loaned or given him. The Priory Group, in fact, ignored my request to provide insurance details for a damages claim.

It has also taken three years, and assistance from a legal firm, to have some computer items returned to me after Herefordshire Council took them while being returned to my brother, for his enjoyment and to be used to remain in contact, with my support.
Along with other items, such as a mouse, screen, speakers, and box of software this web camera was not returned by Herefordshire Council and no reason was given.

The complete disregard of personal belongings & property by Herefordshire Council is more common than I had thought.


Punitive Restrictions, lies and Psychological Abuse Continues

Today is the 398th day since Herefordshire Council ceased communication with me, other than to threaten, prevent attendance at family funerals and torment.
They stopping support with my brother and maintaining their punitive prejudicial treatment for a total of 1243 days to date.

Even lying to the Court of Protection and destroying a caring family has not been beneath them.
Coverup after coverup.


Easter 2021

Since 7th March 2020, I’ve had no support in seeing or maintaining contact with my vulnerable adopted brother regardless of a court order.
The only communications received threats of intended, costly legal action against me by Herefordshire Council and further prevention and dishonest claims by Priory Group and LA.

Herefordshire Council also continues, for a 4th year, monitoring and vetting of all communications to council departments, causing disruption and delay to elements of my private life.

It would also be the 6th year, under Priory Group ‘care’ our now-deceased mother and I would have been denied Easter together, purposely depriving us of family and private life.