Cop cen­sured af­ter war­rant ad­dress gaffe

Daily Mirror (Northern Ireland) - - NEWS - BY SHAUNA CORR

A PO­LICE of­fi­cer has been dis­ci­plined af­ter a search war­rant ad­dress change led to a drugs cau­tion be­ing dropped.

An Om­buds­man probe found that although the cor­rect ad­dress was on the war­rant ap­pli­ca­tion, the wrong one was on the doc­u­ment it­self.

As the blun­der was spot­ted just as the search was about to start, the of­fi­cer struck it out and put the orig­i­nal ad­dress in.

An Om­buds­man spokesman said: “He did not be­lieve it nec­es­sary to have a new war­rant.

“He de­cided to strike out the wrong ad­dress and write in the cor­rect one – a step he de­scribed as an ‘ad­min­is­tra­tive er­ror’ per­haps due to a lack of con­cen­tra­tion.”

PROBE Po­lice Om­buds­man

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