Po­lice slammed over 5am wake-up call that was false alarm

Man was told he would have to pay for a taxi bill that was not even his

The Courier & Advertiser (Perth and Perthshire Edition) - - NEWS - ste­fan morkis smorkis@the­courier.co.uk

A Dundee man has hit out at po­lice af­ter re­ceiv­ing a 5am wake-up call from of­fi­cers de­mand­ing he pay a taxi fare – that was not his.

Steven Thomp­son, of Brown­hill Street, was wo­ken by a loud bang­ing on his door shortly af­ter 5am on Tuesday morn­ing.

Mr Thomp­son said he was then con­fronted by two of­fi­cers de­mand­ing he pay a taxi fare he had sup­pos­edly dodged – de­spite ob­vi­ously hav­ing just been wo­ken up.

The noise also woke Mr Thomp­son’s two chil­dren, aged seven and four.

He said: “I re­ceived a knock on the door from two po­lice of­fi­cers who de­manded I open my door to pay for a taxi.

“I said I was just out of my bed and what was the prob­lem but the fe­male of­fi­cer just de­manded I open my door with­out any war­rant.

“There was a bit of back and forth but she was to­tally un­pro­fes­sional and de­manded I pay for the taxi.

“When they left I looked out the liv­ing room win­dow so the poor taxi driver could con­firm I was not the cul­prit.

“The driver clearly said it wasn’t me but I didn’t re­ceive any apolo­gies from the po­lice of­fi­cer or her part­ner.”

Mr Thomp­son said he com­plained to Po­lice Scot­land about his treat­ment but was told there would be no apol­ogy.

He said: “All I wanted was a sin­cere apol­ogy for wak­ing my chil­dren and the un­pleas­ant at­ti­tude to­wards the si­t­u­a­tion, noth­ing more, noth­ing less.”

Mr Thomp­son added: “My chil­dren were quite shaken af­ter all this.

“I just feel that the si­t­u­a­tion was dealt with com­pletely un­pro­fes­sion­ally and de­serve an apol­ogy, see­ing that said taxi driver iden­ti­fied me as not the per­son he had in his cab.”

A spokes­woman for Po­lice Scot­land’s Tay­side Di­vi­sion said: “We re­ceived a re­port that a man had failed to pay a taxi fare.

“An in­quiry was car­ried out at an ad­dress in Brown­hill Street, Dundee, at 5.10am on Tuesday 27 June and it was es­tab­lished this was not the man in ques­tion.

“Tay­side Di­vi­sion aims to de­liver the high­est pos­si­ble stan­dards of polic­ing and if the in­di­vid­ual con­cerned feels we didn’t meet those stan­dards, he has a right to com­plain.”

Com­plaints should be logged at www. scot­land.po­lice.uk/about-us/po­licescot­land/com­plaints-about-the-po­lice/

All I wanted was a sin­cere apol­ogy for wak­ing my chil­dren and the un­pleas­ant at­ti­tude to­wards the si­t­u­a­tion

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