In an earlier post, The Death of Dr. David Kelly - The enigmatic "Operation Mason", I drew attention to what I believe to be the most credible interpretation of the nature of Operation Mason, in the light of the very limited amount of information that is available publicly.
I thought it might be useful briefly to look at the subsequent careers of two individuals that I think were probably closely associated with Operation Mason on 17th and 18th July 2003.
We know that the then DCI Alan Young was in charge of Operation Mason.
But, hitherto, I'm not aware of anyone asking who appointed DCI Young as officer in charge of Operation Mason.
Just as ACC Page appointed DCI Young to head the investigation into the discovery of a body at Harrowdown Hill, we might ask who would be likely to have appointed DCI Young to head up Operation Mason.
Let's assume that Michael Page was simply the "on call" Assistant Chief Constable during the night of 17th to 18th July 2003 which explains why it was he, so we are led to believe, who appointed DCI Young to head up the investigation into a body being discovered on Harrowdown Hill.
However, Operation Mason started at 14:30 on 17th July 2003 i.e. during normal office hours. So, who would have been the relevant ACC for a "major incident" such as Operation Mason?
The most likely candidate is, I suggest, the then ACC Sara Thornton.
In July 2003 Sara Thornton was Assistant Chief Constable, Special Operations, for Thames Valley Police. See Chief Constable Sara Thornton.
Sara Thornton is now Chief Constable of Thames Valley Police. Hasn't Sara Thornton done well for herself?
But what of DCI Alan Young? Where is he now?
As far as I can trace online he's disappeared. He was still with Thames Valley Police in 2007 as a Detective Superintendent.
But then he, so it seems, vanishes. At least in online sourcs of information.
Nothing about a retirement or a death, that I can trace.
No "Alan Young" currently in Thames Valley Police, so it seems. No "Superintendent Alan Young" in any other UK police force.
Can anyone help with this miniscule mystery?