23rd July 2020

On 18 June 2020 video footage emerged online of an incident involving Police speaking to males in Accrington.  The incident occurred on 17 April 2020.

During an exchange between one of the males and a Police Officer the male protested stating he had done nothing wrong.  The Officer responded stating “I’ll lock you up…we’ll make something up…who are they going to believe, me or you?”.

It is unfortunate that incidents of this nature can severely undermine confidence in local policing and lead many to question the honesty of a minority of Police Officers.

Lancashire Police were quick to state that the male deserved an apology.  The Police Force has referred the incident to the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC).  It is understood an investigation is being undertaken.