After searching Godber's home and car, the Police's next move was to be Godber's arrest if he failed to give a satisfactory explanation of his financial affairs upon the expiry of the seven-day deadline. And to thwart any attempt to evade justice, the Police requested the Immigration Department to notify all control points at Kai Tak Airport to stop Godber from leaving the territory.
The Police would have succeeded, if not for the seven-day "vacuum period". It had been unable to garner sufficient evidence against Godber before that June 11 deadline, so they could neither arrest him nor take any legal action. Godber, therefore, had a chance to play his "trump card", which was a special airport security permit issued to police officers. He used the permit to circumvent immigration controls and headed for England en route Singapore on June 8. The fact that the
highest-ranking corrupt police officer in the history of Hong Kong could so easily have slipped out of the territory undetected caused an explosion of pent-up grievances of the public. To placate public anger, the Government set up the ICAC to replace the Police Force's Anti-Corruption Office. The cases already under investigation by the Police were immediately taken over by the ICAC. Among them was the Godber file - ironically, it was the case that led to the creation of the ICAC that was to be its first major case.