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Son says police let elderly parents down after Holbeach Clough attack





A concerned son says he is ‘disgusted and let down’, following a lack of police investigation into an ‘altercation’ involving his elderly parents.

Andrew Sayer has made a complaint to the force after an incident in Holbeach Clough which he says saw his father partially lose consciousness and sustaining minor injuries.

He says that it wasn’t until 21 days after the altercation was first reported to the police when officers finally made contact with his parents, who are both in their late 70s.

“Dad was attacked, assaulted and verbally abused,” said Mr Sayer.

“He suffered bruising, grazing, possibly a whiplash and upper body soft tissue injuries – not to mention the shock of the attack. Needless to say, the injuries could have been far worse because of his age.

“Fortunately, there were no serious injuries, but the mental impact and stress this is all causing is enormous and I am worried this may cause my dad to have another stroke and possibly kill him in the process.

“The police were called straight after the attack and my father was told a unit was being sent urgently, but no police officers came to attend the incident.

“It’s absolutely disgusting.”

The police did contact Mr Sayer and his parents to discuss the incident at a later date but Mr Sayer says the force closed the case soon after.

“When dad went to make an appointment to see them at the police station, he was told the case was closed as he had been in to the station already,” he said.

“This is categorically untrue. He had asked to see CCTV of his visit but that’s all gone to ground.

“We have had to make a second complaint about this.”

Mr Sayer has complained to Chief Constable Chris Haward, Police and Crime Commissioner Marc Jones and MP for South Holland and The Deepings Sir John Hayes. He has also now taken legal advice.

“The solicitor says that the police have no grounds to close this case because we have CCTV footage of the attack,” he said.

“What concerns me is that this is happening to old people but they seem to have better things to do than investigate.

“The police are public servants and should act accordingly. What are they paid for?”

A police spokesman said: “We received a report of an altercation between two people in the Holbeach Clough area of Spalding on 30 April.

“A number of initial enquiries were carried out by officers to ensure the safety of those involved, and we then in touch with a family member who had reported the incident on 6 May, and had further contact with the person reporting on May 13.

“Following a review of the evidence available, the case has been closed due to no lines of prosecution being available to us. We have updated the complainant of the outcome.

“We have received a complaint in relation to the time taken to make contact with those involved, and we are reviewing the details and will respond to the complainant in due course.

“We always welcome feedback about our service so that we can continue to learn and make adjustments if needed, and we would encourage anyone who is dissatisfied to make a complaint through the official channels, which are easily accessible on our website.”



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