Attack victim claims police tried to put her off reporting crime (From East London and West Essex Guardian Series)
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A investigation has been launched after a woman claims the police put her off reporting the offence
A woman randomly attacked in broad daylight claims police tried to put her off reporting the offence.
The 21 year-old, from Walthamstow, had been giving blood at the Town Hall and was on her way home when she was approached by five men.
The men, believed to be of Asian and Turkish descent, jumped out of a black Lexis on the corner of Kenilworth Avenue in Walthamstow at just after 3:30pm on Tuesday.
The men were pestering the woman for her number and after telling them she was not interested, two of the men turned violent.
She was kicked in her lower back, sworn at, had a fist raised towards her face and received death threats.
The men dispersed after the woman threatened to call the police and a father with his young child stepped in and told the men to go away.
After the police arrived, two of the men had driven off in the black Lexis and the other men had run off.
The victim, who wishes to remain anonymous, claims the two police officers were not interested in helping her.
She said: “I felt as though what had happened didn’t mean anything to them and they were so relaxed. There was no urgency in pursuing the suspects that had run off.
“I gave them the vehicle number plate and the constable’s response was ‘even though you have the number plate we might not get the passengers’”.
She claims he then continued to say ‘You do know that you will have to stand up in court if you report this?’
“He was trying to put me off reporting the incident and made me feel uncomfortable by asking questions such as, ‘so, you were kicked in the bum?’.
Just before midnight that same day, the victim received a call from the police was told the case had been closed due to “insufficient evidence”.
A spokeswoman for the police said: “A complaint against the police was made on January 15. This has been recorded at Waltham Forest police station and is now the subject of an investigation.”
None of the officers have been suspended or had the duties restricted.
The victim insists she made no official complaint to the police.
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