Police criticised for not recording girl’s rape allegation

PUBLISHED: 08:24 21 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:24 21 February 2017


Police are ‘failing’ crime victims with sub-standard recording, according to Her Majesty Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).

It says 13,700 reported crimes – including rape, robberies and slavery – are not being recorded by Avon and Somerset police.

Inspectors highlighted one case where a historic rape report by a 16-year-old girl was not recorded.

A lack of ‘specially-trained officers for victims of rape’ has also been raised as a concern.

HMIC evaluates UK police force’s work and released its report into Avon and Somerset on Thursday.

It demanded improvements be made with more than 10 per cent of reported crimes not being recorded, including some of the most horrific and serious offences, such as sex attacks, according to the HIMC.

Reported crimes should only not be recorded if there is overwhelming evidence to show claims are false.

The report does note improvements have been made since the force’s last inspection in 2014.

But it says: “The recording of offences of rape is of significant concern. The constabulary has insufficient specially-trained officers to attend to victims of rape and also fails to correctly record reports of crimes of rape.”

HMIC however did praise Avon and Somerset for progress made in ‘placing the victim at the forefront of their crime-recording decisions’.

Assistant Chief Constable Nikki Watson said: “Since our last inspection in 2014 we’ve made great strides in improving our crime recording accuracy, but there’s still more work to be done. The inspectors identified areas for improvement and we welcome their recommendations.

“Their independent scrutiny is invaluable to us in highlighting areas requiring particular focus.”

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