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Forged documents - investigation findings released

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Forged documents - investigation findings released

03 May 2008

The National Archives has released findings of our investigation into forged documents. The investigation papers, as well as the forged documents, are now available on our website.

In July 2005, it was discovered that a number of files held at The National Archives contained forged documents. These files related to the Second World War. This resulted in a thorough internal investigation, the findings of which are being released today.

A police investigation followed, with the full cooperation of The National Archives. Forensic examination confirmed that the suspected documents were recent forgeries and had been introduced to the files from 2000 onwards. The investigation identified 29 individual forgeries from 12 separate files.

The Metropolitan Police submitted a case file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) in October 2006. The CPS decided that it was not in the public interest to prosecute, and the police investigation is now closed.

David Thomas, Director of Technology & Chief Information Officer, said: "The National Archives views anything that compromises the integrity of historical information very seriously. We take pride in the quality of material held here and the level of access given to original documents. For this reason, a thorough investigation was conducted and new security measures implemented, the findings of which are now available for all to see."

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