Po­lice should pay the £3k bill for my smashed door

Oldham Advertiser - - #OLDHAMLIVE - JOHN SCHEERHOUT old­hamad­ver­tiser@men­media.co.uk @Old­hamNews

AB U S I N E S S MA N has slammed po­lice for re­fus­ing to pay for smash­ing down the front door of his premises in a failed bid to find a sus­pected cannabis fac­tory in the cel­lar.

David Smith, 53, billed Greater Manch­ester Po­lice for £2,999 after the front door of his sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture shop Cu­rios­ity Cor­ner was de­stroyed dur­ing a raid in June, 2013.

Po­lice act­ing on in­tel­li­gence had car­ried out the raid sus­pect­ing the base­ment was be­ing used as a cannabis farm.

But a two-hour search of the premises on Stan­ley Road, Chad­der­ton, re­vealed no drugs.

Fa­ther-of-two Mr Smith, who started the business with his brother An­thony 30 years ago, in­sists he’s never been in­volved in drugs.

He said: “It’s ab­so­lutely atro­cious. I’d had a good re­la­tion­ship with the po­lice.

“They were al­ways vis­it­ing.

“Never in 30 years of trad­ing have we ever been in­volved in stolen prop­erty or drugs.”

When of­fi­cers had ar­rived at the prop­erty, they rang Mr Smith on his mo­bile phone but he didn’t hear the call as he was show­er­ing his dis­abled son at the time.

He added: “It was only when I went out for a cig­a­rette I got a call from my brother about it.

“Who­ever has sent the po­lice this piece of in­for­ma­tion to say there was a cannabis farm was wrong.

“There was no cannabis farm and never has been.”

He com­plained to the Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards Depart­ment of Greater Manch­ester Po­lice, claim­ing of­fi­cers in Old­ham had shown no in­ter­est in his predica­ment.

But po­lice re­jected his com­plaints and two ap­peals he made against the rul­ing. John Bren­nan, ap­peals of­fi­cer in the PSB, wrote: “This decision is fi­nal. There is no fur­ther right of ap­peal against this as­sess­ment of your ap­peal.” A spokesman for GMP de­clined to com­ment.

●● David Smith out­side his sec­ond-hand fur­ni­ture shop

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