Clumsy han­dling of blun­der­ing lorry case

Up­set over way po­lice dealt with dam­age to cars

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Alexan­der Ballinger alexan­der.ballinger@trin­i­tymir­

HILLING­DON Po­lice has apol­o­gised to the woman who re­ported an in­ci­dent in Ruis­lip where a lorry col­lided with a num­ber of parked cars.

Hol­lie Cooper, 21, wit­nessed the HGV scrape the sides of mul­ti­ple cars in North Drive on Mon­day morn­ing at around 9am, and re­ported to the in­ci­dent to po­lice.

But Miss Cooper said she was told by po­lice they could not do any­thing un­less the own­ers of the cars re­ported the dam­age them­selves.

Hilling­don Po­lice said the in­ci­dent was not taken on be­cause of a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion, and con­firmed they are now in­ves­ti­gat­ing the crash.

A state­ment from Hilling­don Po­lice said: “We are aware of pic­tures be­ing shared on so­cial me­dia which ap­pear to show a lorry caus­ing dam­age to a num­ber of sta­tion­ary ve­hi­cles in North Drive.

“We take all al­le­ga­tions of crime se­ri­ously and in this in­stance a re­port was not taken as it should have been due to a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

“We have since made con­tact with the in­for­mant to apol­o­gise and ob­tain fur­ther de­tails.

“Of­fi­cers have vis­ited the scene to as­sess the dam­age caused and en­quiries con­tinue.

“There have been no ar­rests at this stage.”

The state­ment added: “We would al­ways en­cour­age mem­bers of the pub­lic to re­port such in­ci­dents and where pos­si­ble pro­vide ev­i­den­tial ma­te­rial, in­clud­ing pho­to­graphs, if it can be ob­tained with­out putting any­one at risk.”

Miss Cooper, who works in Ruis­lip, posted pic­tures of the dam­age caused on­line, spark­ing an up­roar against the driver and the po­lice.

The lorry be­longs to Hamp­shire In­su­la­tions, based in Southamp­ton, and the com­pany apol­o­gised for the dam­age caused.

The com­pany said the driver of the lorry will be sub­mit­ting a state­ment to the Metropoli­tan Po­lice and that their in­surance com­pany will be deal­ing with the claims from the cars’ own­ers.

Of­fi­cers have vis­ited the scene to as­sess the dam­age caused

A CLOSE SCRAPE: The lorry owned by Hamp­shire In­su­la­tions col­lided with cars in Ruis­lip – at first po­lice said they could not in­ves­ti­gate un­less the ve­hi­cle own­ers com­plained them­selves

KICKER: Witness Hol­lie Cooper took pic­tures of sev­eral cars in North Drive sam­aged by the HGV

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