To our amazement CARIN was a much bigger success than we ever dared hope," said Carlo van Heuckelom (NOTE--SPELLING IS CORRECT), head of the financial and property crime unit at Europol, and a participant in the founding meeting.
There were no formal benchmarking standards for the AROs, though "best practice recommendations on the structure, powers and access to information have been formulated within the CARIN network or in expert meetings.
Retired college lecturer Coun Harrington, chairman of the council's development committee, was accused of showing Mrs Carins a lack of respect at the Have Your Say borough debate in Morpeth's Riverside leisure centre last November.
Karen Carins spoke out after Castle Morpeth Borough Council's standards panel voted unanimously to clear Coun Frank Harrington of any breach of its code of conduct following an internal investigation into his behaviour towards her.
Mr Carins said: "We do not want to move premises but this begs the question, whether it is worth it.
Michael Carins who runs veterinary centre in Wallsend, North Tyneside, has suffered hundreds of pounds worth of damage at the hands of vandals who have smashed windows and made holes in his walls.
And Coun Harrington's colleagues last night rallied round him, insisting his nature may have given Mrs Carins the wrong impression.
Mrs Carins made a complaint, claiming his attitude had been rude and aggressive.
Now, after an investigation, council solicitor David Bowman has concluded the allegation Coun Harrington breached the code of conduct by failing to treat Mrs Carins with respect has not been made out.