Stanton St Quintin man says police are ignoring his complaints Featured

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Published in Malmesbury Newspapers
Wednesday, 15 November 2017 11:12
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A MAN who claims the police are ignoring his complaints regarding the conduct of its officers says he has lost faith in the system.

Brett Conway, 59, of Bouverie Park, Stanton St Quintin, believes his complaints are not being taken seriously.

In 2015, Mr Conway was involved in a series of events which led to his arrest and a subsequent appearance in court, where he says his trial was dismissed because of a lack of police evidence.

He claims that the conduct of police dealing with his case was wrongful, and in September this year he wrote to Police and Crime Commissioner Angus Macpherson requesting a meeting, because it had caused significant damage to his family life.

He told the Gazette that the accusations about his conduct, which he has always maintained were without foundation, had meant he had lost contact with friends and also lost his job.

“I requested a meeting to say, this is me and my family life, and this is what you have done,” he said.

“I got a letter from Professional Standards saying they refused my complaint. It has caused so much stress and had a big effect on me and the family.

“I’m clutching at straws. They seem like they don’t have any care for the damage they have caused.”

This week Mr Macpherson explained that the national complaints process allows police forces to decline to deal with any complaint made 12 months after the incident.

He said: “Mr Conway has lodged an appeal against the decision by Wiltshire Police to decline to deal with his complaint on the grounds it was made out of time.

“It would not be appropriate for me to comment before the Independent Adjudicator has reviewed the matter and made a finding.

“One of my first acts as commissioner was to set up an appeals process and appoint an adjudicator who is independent of the force.

“People of Wiltshire and Swindon can be satisfied that any appeal they make will be looked at fairly and objectively.”

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