Lancashire police in Leyland complaint error

A police watchdog has found that Lancashire police failed to address a complaint correctly about information it released about a Leyland man.

The complaint arose after details of an ASBO given by magistrates to David Beaver, formerly of Nookfield, Leyland, were released by police.

The Independent Police Complaints Commission looked into Mr Beaver’s complaint that a comment attributed to PC Hutchinson in a press release which described a report to police via 999 as being about a neighbour moving his bin was misleading.

Mr Beaver claimed that he had in fact called to report that his neighbour had made a threat of violence towards him, not moved his bin.

The IPCC report states: “I have listened to the recording of the telephone call... and disagree with the assertion of PC Hutchinson that this call relates to the matter of your bin being moved.

“Instead, it is quite clear that the reason for your call concerned an allegation that your neighbour had made threats of violence towards you.

“This is not an inappropriate use of the 999 system. As such, I have to conclude that the information contained within the press release was factually incorrect.

“I have therefore upheld the appeal and am recommending PC Hutchinson receives management action in order to ensure the officer is reminded of the need to provide accurate information.”

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