A couple of months back, three identical letters arrived at the CN offices.
There was no explanation of who they were from and no return address on the envelope – and understandably so.
All three letters made allegations of widespread corruption on a flagship UK project worth hundreds of millions of pounds.
They suggested not only that nefarious payments had been made, but that it was common knowledge across the board.
The problem was there was no way to follow up on the accusations, no details to interrogate further.
The letter explained the behaviour well enough, but – crucially – provided no tools to confirm the validity of the information and prove the claims of corruption.
And it’s far from the first time the c-word has been used by an anonymous tipster.
We often get told there are corrupt practices on a particular project or within a certain business, but rarely do we get clear leads to follow up.
If there is any truth to such allegations we need more than just name calling; we need details, we need evidence.
Our team is well versed in doing in-depth investigations on tough topics, whether that’s uncovering information about the HS2 bidding process, revealing unseen safety records on the AWPR or breaking vital information on the Grenfell tragedy.
Those stories all had consequences in enacting change or raising awareness among those at the top.
At CN we trust our readership and if you’re telling us this type of thing is going on, we will look into it.
Our team is constantly talking to key figures at all levels and in all corners of the industry to bring you insight and uncover important stories. And as part of this work, our readers’ contributions can play a crucial role.
We understand with these things that anonymity is important, and you can guarantee that we will protect information and sources with the usual care and diligence.
So if you have key details or hard evidence of wrongdoing, be part of our efforts by getting in touch at the email address below or by filling in this form.