Police mistakenly told social services a neighbour had complained about Kenneth Burgoyne screaming at his child, rather than with his child.How could this happen?
The PCSO who made the report did not speak English as her first language, a lawyer for the police later told the father, offering this as a reason for “any slight indifference [sic] in the wording”./facepalm
Mr Burgoyne gained a legal studies certificate from the Open University to help his more than three-year fight with police over that mistake and other matters.Making him (probably) more qualified than half the force and their lawyer!
Nearly four years later, police have now apologised for the wording and any “inconvenience which it may have caused”.
A force spokesman told The Argus it was “unable to say whether the wording or indeed, the shouting issue itself, are likely to have been the cause of the visit from social services.”
He added: “We are satisfied that our procedures for dealing with MOGP1s [the type of report made to social services] are robust and were followed on this occasion.
“We do not believe that there is any significant issue raised in respect of officers for whom English is not their first language.”Really?
The written apology followed years of legal wrangling after Mr Burgoyne filed a claim in county court against police for that and other matters including a harassment (PIN) notice.
Police have now settled that claim, saying the main reason for doing so was the harassment notice, which it accepted was “not correctly dealt with at the end of its duration.”It's a wonder they can all find their way to the nick to clock on in the morning, isn't it?