Plymouth Council

FAO/ The Court Manager / Head legal Advisor

Plymouth Magistrates Court

St Andrews Street,



Ref: Appeal – re: renaming of Sir John Hawkins Square.  07 / 07 / 2020


Dear Sir/Madam,

Following the notice issued by Plymouth City Council on the 18th June 2020 of their intentions to rename Sir John Hawkins Sq to Jack Leslie Square; I would like to make the court aware of my grievance in regards to this happening and hereby, write to the court to lodge my appeal in writing. The Court, Magistrates and the City Council should be made aware that:


1 – This has ONLY come about due to the death of George Floyd in USA who was Black.

2 – This has led to the resurgence of Black Lives Matter – movement; which is a racist organisation.

3 – Anyone who suggests that another person’s life matters more, purely because of the colour of their skin – is racist.

4 – The current local Labour Masonic Plymouth City Council Led administration whom unfortunately control the current majority of elected councillors; have decided to use this left wing, racist organisation to score points with a small minority of intellectually challenged individuals (some of them already vote Labour anyway) and they are using a Black man’s death in the USA to justify a name change of a Square in Plymouth? It is complete nonsense and illogical.

5 – There has been ZERO public consultation on if the Square name should be changed (it shouldn’t) or if it should – what it should be changed to. Tudor Evans is using BLM as a Political football – and ironically wants to name the Square after a Black footballer who once played for Plymouth Argyle – almost 100 years ago.


Therefore; with the above 5 clear factual points outlined above it is clear that changing Sir John Hawkins Square – to ANY other name than what it already is – would be wrong & inappropriate.

Changing this name; on the back of the farcical demands of a small misguided minority would be setting a very dangerous precedent for the future…and you have to ask yourself the question; where will it end?

Will we now be pulling down Sir Francis Drake’s statue and removing his name from everything in and connected to the city…? Because he was also a Pirate as well as a Slave trader…but then neither he nor Sir John Hawkins did anything illegal in the context of their historical times; in fact there are true heroes in every sense. Whereas, Jack Leslie – kicked a ball around a field for the local football team as entertainment; and no 3rd League footballer every played for the national side.

Likewise it is clear that Plymouth Argyle shall be now having a statue put up outside their stadium (Home Park) to honour Jack Leslie and the fact he played football for them ages ago…and of course – because he was black. So why name a historical Square after him.

In conclusion; there is a massive problem with the lack of reasoning behind this Knee Jerk reaction and decision to change the name of Sir John Hawkins Square.

  • It has been made with absolutely zero public input or consultation and being made too quickly and is without proper reasoning or full consideration.
  • It is suggesting that we forget our past and our history; which is completely wrong.
  • It is being made on the back of 1 Black Man’s death (in the USA) now being exploited by a Racist global movement – Black Lives Matter.
  • In turn, this is being supported by the only other political party apart for the BNP to be investigated for Racism – The Labour Party.


  • These are the same local labour councillors who had one suspended for giving a ‘Hail Hitler’ sign in the chambers in a full council meeting and another suspended for her past remarks in regards to her being anti-Semitic, but they are both ok now and have fully recovered and one as changed their name and the other claimed mental illnesses and both have been unsuspended and welcomed back; as they need the numbers – before they lose them spectacularly in the local elections next May.
  • Sir John Hawkins amazing work in preparing our English Royal Navy, to defend the country from the Spanish, for which Sir John Hawkins should be recognised, nationally, but more importantly in his home town. So rather than erasing his name from an inconsequential little hidden historical square, we really also should be having his own statue erected on the Hoe.


  • If we are going to allow the Labour Council to change this name – because of their false, misguided and racists views and reasoning in regards to our history; then it sets a dangerous precedent for the future. It begs the question why have we just put a statue on the Hoe of a racist, bigot & celebrated her being from our city. It is completely ironic and hypocritical.


  • In the early 1600’s thousands of Plymouth seamen were held as slaves as fleets of corsairs captured them; it wasn’t until the 19th Century this slavery of British White men – ended.


Finally, as a non-practicing lawyer and private investigator (and prosecutor) – I was ‘the’ member of the Public that forced the council to change the name of Howeson Lane in Derriford. This process took over 2 years and was objected to by Mr Charles Howeson’s family which delayed it. The road is now called Bracken Lane and you’re very welcome.


It is interesting to note that what Mr Howeson did was totally illegal to do in his time; yet nothing that Sir John Hawkins did was illegal in his time. (Note Mr Charles Howeson is a historical, convicted, masonic, sexual offender currently serving 8 years in Dartmoor Prison)


This is precisely why we need to keep Sir John Hawkins Square (no other roads or places in Plymouth are named after him) and no residents live on that square; it’s an important historical part of our city, and our culture. Mr Howeson on the other hand should be forgotten about and his name erased from his masonic dealings with this city for the past 30 or more years.


I trust a hearing will be listed in the Magistrates Court in the relatively near future and I want to ensure my views in this letter are expressed to them and they have chance to read and consider it before making their decision. I trust I will receive an acknowledgement and invitation to the hearing.

Yours Sincerely,




Danny Bamping

The Public Detective








Tracey Lee

CEO & Returning Officer

Plymouth City Council



CC; Ian Bowyer – PCC Leader


Legal Notice

Official Complaint

Request for Information & Letter before action

[Published & Public]


Thursday 15th June 2017



Dear Tracey Lee Acting Returning Officer & CEO of PCC,


I am hereby making an official complaint to you and Plymouth City Council in regards to several issues with the Election last week within the Plymouth Sutton & Devonport Constituency.

I am also hereby making an official request [my 2nd one in writing this week and its only Wednesday] to view the information and data in regards to last Thursday’s [8th June] Election count.

As you, mentioned at the end of your statement once that you had made [and liable for] yet another catastrophic error.

I have already sent an email on Monday am to 2 of your colleagues about this – and as yet have had no response…other than an auto-reply email saying that one of them is away and out of the office…I have called their number earlier today – and had no answer.

It also seems that some of my supporters were unable to exercise their democratic vote for me on Thursday 8th June due to your other error with the postal votes and also another informed me that they were denied to be able to vote at the polling station itself. It does not surprise me that now you have the Election Commission and watchdog now investigating this shambles.

It is clear that even our Newly elected Rt Hon Luke Pollard MP does not hold any trust in you or your team…and if we are to hold another election in the near future and I feel the same way.

The fact he spent some of his first day in Parliament discussing your failures with other MP’s from various parties who expressed their concerns to him about how the election was run in his constituency, does not bode well.

Understandably it is worrying that if this [or any other failure and mistake] occurred 2 years ago when the difference was just 523 votes…in favour of the Conservatives…very concerning considering that this Council is currently run by the ‘CONservatives’.

Furthermore I wish to make the following points and observations;

  • There were 9 hustings for this constituency and I knew / eventually found out about 6 – I sat on the panel for 3 [and was censored on one] I was not made aware of the hustings at all 3…as a candidate I find this undemocratic.


  • I tried to request the use of a public room to meet the public – yet the phone number I was given did not work and no one replied to my emails about it.


  • You never introduced yourself to me at any stage; communicated with me in anyway and completely ignored me on the evening of the count? Could have something to do with the fact that a few weeks ago I have made a significant insurance claim against the Plymouth City Council for my unlawful bankruptcy which I am about to have annulled via the high court…perhaps this could be viewed as a ‘conflict of interests’?


  • Perhaps there are now grounds for a fresh claim – I’d certainly be keen to see the insurance details the council has for its coverage of ‘completely messing up a general election’ – probably under the same policy – ‘Professional Indemnity insurance’


  • It is pure incompetence and an absolute shambles that these mistakes have been made and it casts doubts on your ability to manage the election process fairly and democratically [and mathematically] in the future.


  • So, Polling station cards mistakenly sent to postal voters, then 1,500 postal votes lost, then voters turned away, then removing 330 from the register itself…then not including a full wards count into the final return…and then announcing a FALSE final return…I don’t think you could have got much more wrong.


  • I knew on the night that the final count was wrong; the moment you announced and published the final numbers I knew they were wrong…[see the attached scan of my tally] As you can see from my 8 numbers given by your colleagues on the evening from each of the 8 different wards within the constituency. This proves that I can add up – but your team and spreadsheets and computers cannot. I did feel like tapping you on the shoulder on stage – but felt considering the circumstances you’d probably think I was extracting the urine. Just one look at the turnout figure surely should have made someone question the final numbers – it was that obvious.


  • The complete cock-up with the 6,500 votes missing from final result has been acknowledged as a cataclysmic error and I can only agree; but it was the just the wet icing on a very badly burnt; tasteless and horrible cake.


  • At least one thing is now certain from this Election – we have a much better representative in Parliament than we previously did – so in terms of positives that is the 1 we can take from this – and the fact he now has a significant margin and almost a thousand more than was thought on the night. [morning]

I suggest that under the circumstances; with everything consider and as a member of the public [and a Parliamentary Independent Candidate] I hereby ask that you should resign from your CEO role as you are clearly a liability.

From a legal perspective I am now considering my options; although this is not something I want to waste my time doing [but will if required] although as I am reasonable, I would be willing to perhaps consider settling out of the court with the council for a ‘medium’ 3 figure financial sum as an immediate full and final remedy to this matter.

Therefore, treat this legal notice as a letter before action [as per the CPR rules]; as being a candidate for this farce of an election and with the above mentioned points considered including the incorrect return with was published and announced by yourself has directly caused myself a lot of alarm & distress.

I also expect Councillors;  John Riley UKIP [Democracy & Governance] & Patrick Nicholson [allegedly in charge of Elections] to seriously consider their positions and perhaps resign and allow someone more competent to fill these roles.

Can you also confirm for me that you will NOT be receiving any sort of ‘bonus payment’ or ‘extra money’s’ within your obscene six figure public pay for overseeing a general election as the acting returning officer?

Clearly with all these serious mistakes, which you are liable for – you should not be entitled to any ‘bonus’ and you should resign with immediate effect.

I have ensured I have cc’d in DC Paul Manifield whom I shall be emailing directly to ensure that there has been no breach [by yourself or and of your staff] in regards to the legislation which governs these matters as that would clearly then become a potential criminal matter which in some instances carries a heavy fine.

In particularly; – Electoral Administration Act 2006 – The Representation of the Peoples Act 1983 – Political Parties, Elections and Referendums Act 2000

You may wish to seek independent legal advice in regards to these matters; once you have resigned.

I look forward to hearing back from either you or your colleagues in regards to this legal notice,

Yours Sincerely,


Danny Bamping

Non-practicing lawyer; Private Investigator& Prosecutor

Independent Parliamentary Candidate Plymouth Sutton & Devonport

Co-founder of the No Party Movement taking the Party out of Politics

[email protected]              07831658492                      01752251153

PS – During my brief and very limited Independent Campaign in this constituency I made a video on Accountability in Public Office…it’s worth the watch…and very…relevant.



                                                   Plymouth City Council – some facts and figures


Plymouth City Council’s ‘LOBO’ loans

Plymouth City Council currently has 14 active LOBO loans totalling £100million [as you can imagine this takes up a chunk of your Council Tax payments] Interest rates on the loans vary from 3.65 per cent to 4.82 per cent, and most of the loan agreements run for between 60 and 70 years.

It is understood that councils face expensive exit fees if they wish to get out of the loans.


Eurohypo Europaische Hypothekenbank SA                   Barclays Bank                                                Barclays Bank

£11million   Period: 60 years                                             £8million    Period: 70 years                         £5million Period: 60 years

Interest rate: 4.49%                                                          Interest rate: 4.55%                                     Interest rate: 3.96 per cent


Dexia                                                                                Barclays Bank                                                 Danske Bank

£5million   Period: 60 years                                              £5million    Period: 60 years                            £19million Period: 25 years

Interest rate: 4.20%                                                          Interest rate: 4.77%                                         Interest rate: 5%



Dexia                                                                                Dexia                                                               Dexia

£5million   Period: 70 years                                              £5million    Period: 70 years                            £5million  Period: 70 years

Interest rate: 4.20%                                                          Interest rate: 4.22%                                         Interest rate: 4.25%


Dexia                                                                                Dexia                                                                Dexia

£5million   Period: 70 years                                              £5million   Period: 70 years                              £5million Period: 70 years

Interest rate: 4.04%                                                          Interest rate: 3.97%                                          Interest rate: 3.65%


Dresdner                                                                          Barclays Bank

£10million Period: 60 years                                              £7million 60 years

Interest rate: 4.82%                                                          Interest rate: 4.65%



More coming soon over the next few weeks…

In the meantime here’s my parking ticket record with the council.

[I didn’t pay the 3rd one down – my ex-partner did at the time – without my knowledge – with her money…]











Plymouth City Council’s – Unlawful enforcement procedures for Council Tax collection


Plymouth City Council’s – potential negligence with the development at the Royal Eye Infirmary


Plymouth City Council’s – Residents Permit Parking unworkable & unenforceable


Plymouth City Council’s – Dodgy deals with masons…


Plymouth City Council’s – Strategic Partners…


Plymouth City Council’s – Road Works, Transport Links & Pot Holes


Plymouth City Council’s – Their costs to make me ‘unlawfully’ bankrupt in 2012