A investigation has been launched after a woman claims the police put her off reporting the offence

The victim was asaulted whilst walking home

The victim was asaulted whilst walking home

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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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3:16pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Villagecranberry says...

I can well believe what the victim is saying about being deterred to report as maybe this is another ploy to lower crime statistics.
I can well believe what the victim is saying about being deterred to report as maybe this is another ploy to lower crime statistics. Villagecranberry
  • Score: 54

3:45pm Mon 20 Jan 14

Dave mp says...

This doesn't surprise me. It just makes me wonder how often it happens? Surprised the police even bothered to show up. Did they bother to trace the car?
This doesn't surprise me. It just makes me wonder how often it happens? Surprised the police even bothered to show up. Did they bother to trace the car? Dave mp
  • Score: 54

5:17pm Mon 20 Jan 14

NTiratsoo says...

On Friday last, the UK Statistics Authority withdrew its gold-standard status from police crime figures, pointing to 'accumulating evidence' of unreliability (see report no. 26 here

http://www.statistic
sauthority.gov.uk/as
sessment/assessment/
assessment-reports/i
ndex.html)

Interestingly, one of the developments behind this decision was precisely emerging evidence of police personnel appearing to dissuade victims from reporting crime, for which see, e.g. here:

http://www.parliamen
tlive.tv/Main/Player
.aspx?meetingId=1421
4
On Friday last, the UK Statistics Authority withdrew its gold-standard status from police crime figures, pointing to 'accumulating evidence' of unreliability (see report no. 26 here http://www.statistic sauthority.gov.uk/as sessment/assessment/ assessment-reports/i ndex.html) Interestingly, one of the developments behind this decision was precisely emerging evidence of police personnel appearing to dissuade victims from reporting crime, for which see, e.g. here: http://www.parliamen tlive.tv/Main/Player .aspx?meetingId=1421 4 NTiratsoo
  • Score: 37

12:31pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Ash-Leelmb says...

Villagecranberry wrote:
I can well believe what the victim is saying about being deterred to report as maybe this is another ploy to lower crime statistics.
Lower crime statistics? Er, no...to keep her from reporting a crime that would be about individuals from a none white background more like. Public servants seem to bend over backwards for minorities for some twisted reason.
[quote][p][bold]Villagecranberry[/bold] wrote: I can well believe what the victim is saying about being deterred to report as maybe this is another ploy to lower crime statistics.[/p][/quote]Lower crime statistics? Er, no...to keep her from reporting a crime that would be about individuals from a none white background more like. Public servants seem to bend over backwards for minorities for some twisted reason. Ash-Leelmb
  • Score: 57

12:43pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Sidney4257 says...

Here you go again saying they are Asians. Tell it like it is, MUSLIMS!
Here you go again saying they are Asians. Tell it like it is, MUSLIMS! Sidney4257
  • Score: 53

12:52pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Walthamster says...

This is outrageous. A serious unprovoked assault and the police aren't even bothered that the woman's been kicked and menaced? What would have happened if a member of the public hadn't stepped in?

I have a lot of sympathy for police doing a dangerous and thankless job, but this really is disgusting behaviour. A quick response could have rounded up at least the driver of the car; too late now, but they should at least trace the owner.

Women are reluctant enough to speak up when they've been attacked. They so often blame themselves, and other people wrongly blame them, for not having taken enough care. This lazy callous behaviour by police could discourage other women from reporting attacks. Very bad work.
This is outrageous. A serious unprovoked assault and the police aren't even bothered that the woman's been kicked and menaced? What would have happened if a member of the public hadn't stepped in? I have a lot of sympathy for police doing a dangerous and thankless job, but this really is disgusting behaviour. A quick response could have rounded up at least the driver of the car; too late now, but they should at least trace the owner. Women are reluctant enough to speak up when they've been attacked. They so often blame themselves, and other people wrongly blame them, for not having taken enough care. This lazy callous behaviour by police could discourage other women from reporting attacks. Very bad work. Walthamster
  • Score: 57

1:33pm Tue 21 Jan 14

G_Whiz says...

The police do seem to have it in for Women at the moment - and fear being branded racist. So this story maybe ticks both boxes.

The police can't cope and they need to admit it. Instead of massaging the figures and covering for government!
The police do seem to have it in for Women at the moment - and fear being branded racist. So this story maybe ticks both boxes. The police can't cope and they need to admit it. Instead of massaging the figures and covering for government! G_Whiz
  • Score: 31

7:30pm Tue 21 Jan 14

shaunthebrummie says...

and to think we all felt so sad and angry when keith blakelock was murdered..or those 2 wpc's shot in manchester..or the policeman blinded by ralph moat..and what of their refusal to help the little girls being raped by muslims....do you know something i could not care less now when a policeman/officer is killed or murdered...they are just like the thugs...only legalised...no faith in them...and not fit for the purpose...we could save billions in getting rid of them...and having the decent folks dish out a bit of wild west justice....
and to think we all felt so sad and angry when keith blakelock was murdered..or those 2 wpc's shot in manchester..or the policeman blinded by ralph moat..and what of their refusal to help the little girls being raped by muslims....do you know something i could not care less now when a policeman/officer is killed or murdered...they are just like the thugs...only legalised...no faith in them...and not fit for the purpose...we could save billions in getting rid of them...and having the decent folks dish out a bit of wild west justice.... shaunthebrummie
  • Score: 12

8:57pm Tue 21 Jan 14

Popeye6789 says...

it took two police being killed before manchester police bothered to get off their backsides and do their jobs, dale cregan had already murdered two men and was freed by the police, hate to say it but what goes around comes around, if they had bothered to do their jobs properly in the first place the two officers wouldn't have been killed
it took two police being killed before manchester police bothered to get off their backsides and do their jobs, dale cregan had already murdered two men and was freed by the police, hate to say it but what goes around comes around, if they had bothered to do their jobs properly in the first place the two officers wouldn't have been killed Popeye6789
  • Score: 11

10:53pm Tue 21 Jan 14

dteastboi says...

Its truee.. I knw the victim myself and she is not one to cause or ask for trouble at all.. She ws cmmin bak from donating blood whixh says a lot about her... And the way police refused to take any action despite the fact they were given the number plate of the vehicle the suspects were in... Now what does this say about these Wa***rs... I was one to make an official complaint cos if that isnt atleast a lead for investigation i dnt knw what more they require... I dnt knw what the situation wouldve been God Forbid had she been attacked or even raped... Shes mentally traumatised and if you cant relly on these F****rs to protect and serve the public, how do they not expect us to take the law into our own hands!!... Im sure it wuldve been a very different situation had this been there sister/cousin/ family/friend!!
Its truee.. I knw the victim myself and she is not one to cause or ask for trouble at all.. She ws cmmin bak from donating blood whixh says a lot about her... And the way police refused to take any action despite the fact they were given the number plate of the vehicle the suspects were in... Now what does this say about these Wa***rs... I was one to make an official complaint cos if that isnt atleast a lead for investigation i dnt knw what more they require... I dnt knw what the situation wouldve been God Forbid had she been attacked or even raped... Shes mentally traumatised and if you cant relly on these F****rs to protect and serve the public, how do they not expect us to take the law into our own hands!!... Im sure it wuldve been a very different situation had this been there sister/cousin/ family/friend!! dteastboi
  • Score: 28

12:07am Wed 22 Jan 14

OLD DAWG says...

The problem is that there Government has taken ALL FIRE ARMS up and has destroyed them. Now they are defenceless and such as this and other crimes have already leaped well over 50 to 80% since they ban guns.
Yes, give all of the truth. MUSLIMS are most likely the criminals that attacked her.
The only way now that they can fight back would be getting another fire arm ........ Then turn on there Government....... This is what the so called European Government are pushing, to remove all firearms from the public so they can not fight back from a tyrannical Government takeover.

http://www.youtube.c
om/watch?v=BoLSk_BjG
uo
The problem is that there Government has taken ALL FIRE ARMS up and has destroyed them. Now they are defenceless and such as this and other crimes have already leaped well over 50 to 80% since they ban guns. Yes, give all of the truth. MUSLIMS are most likely the criminals that attacked her. The only way now that they can fight back would be getting another fire arm [legal or not]........ Then turn on there Government....... This is what the so called European Government are pushing, to remove all firearms from the public so they can not fight back from a tyrannical Government takeover. http://www.youtube.c om/watch?v=BoLSk_BjG uo OLD DAWG
  • Score: 16

8:09pm Wed 22 Jan 14

Physics prof says...

These two officers should be criminally charged with obstruction of justice and malfeasance, as well as having their employment terminated at once.

An investigation should be launched to determine if this behavior is systemic, and if so then further officers should be terminated until all of this rot has been weeded out. Too bad this rot also goes right to the top of parliament.
These two officers should be criminally charged with obstruction of justice and malfeasance, as well as having their employment terminated at once. An investigation should be launched to determine if this behavior is systemic, and if so then further officers should be terminated until all of this rot has been weeded out. Too bad this rot also goes right to the top of parliament. Physics prof
  • Score: 16

4:00pm Thu 23 Jan 14

faro0485 says...

This is why people, ordinary people, need access to firearms. Because the police don't give a s***. The criminals all have access to firearms! People need their rights back!

Old Dawg, was it the muslims who took your guns? But remember, it was you who gave up your neighbours defense. And how dare you denigrate the classification of muslim which already has its qualifiers set down in scripture and the tradition of the prophet.
No instead you ignored the police officers who did not do a thing, and their superiors are all too happy to join EU forces.
This is why people, ordinary people, need access to firearms. Because the police don't give a s***. The criminals all have access to firearms! People need their rights back! Old Dawg, was it the muslims who took your guns? But remember, it was you who gave up your neighbours defense. And how dare you denigrate the classification of muslim which already has its qualifiers set down in scripture and the tradition of the prophet. No instead you ignored the police officers who did not do a thing, and their superiors are all too happy to join EU forces. faro0485
  • Score: 4

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