A very PC force’s links to trans char­ity

The Mail on Sunday - - News -

SUSIE Green’s pow­er­ful trans­gen­der lobby group has forged close links with a po­lice force be­hind a se­ries of hate crime in­ves­ti­ga­tions.

West York­shire Po­lice launched probes into an award-win­ning TV writer, a mother of four and a trans­sex­ual man fol­low­ing com­plaints from Mer­maids.

But The Mail on Sun­day can re­veal that the force re­ceived ‘train­ing ses­sions’ from Mer­maids, which sup­ports med­i­cal interventi­on for trans­gen­der chil­dren.

West York­shire Po­lice has pro­moted Mer­maids’ work, tweet­ing one of its leaflets. Mer­maids has also ad­vised Mersey­side Po­lice, NHS staff, so­cial workers, the Scouts and stu­dent nurses.

One West York­shire of­fi­cer, Inspector David Har­land, de­clared him­self on so­cial me­dia to be a ‘trans ally’, adding that he was ded­i­cated to ‘do­ing all I can for the trans com­mu­nity’.

In Fe­bru­ary last year, West York­shire sent of­fi­cers to Wilt­shire to in­ves­ti­gate a mother of four fol­low­ing a com­plaint by Ms Green.

Echo­ing the Caro­line Far­row case, Kel­lie-Jay Keen-Min­shull was ques­tioned on sus­pi­cion of a ma­li­cious com­mu­ni­ca­tions of­fence af­ter Ms Green re­ported her for tweet­ing that Ms Green had il­le­gally ‘cas­trated’ her ‘son’ by al­low­ing him to have sex change surgery in Thai­land at 16.

In April 2018, the force re­ceived another com­plaint, this time from Mer­maid vol­un­teer He­len Is­lan.

She claimed that trans­sex­ual Mi­randa Yard­ley, who has had gen­der re­as­sign­ment surgery, had ‘outed’ Ms Is­lan’s trans­gen­der son by tweet­ing a pic­ture of Ms Is­lan with her fam­ily, which in­cluded the child. West York­shire re­ferred this in­ci­dent to po­lice in Es­sex, where Ms Yard­ley lives.

In a third case, West York­shire of­fi­cers gave Gra­ham Line­han, co-creator of the hit TV com­edy Fa­ther Ted, a ver­bal ha­rass­ment warn­ing when trans­gen­der activist Stephanie Hay­den re­ported him for re­fer­ring to her as ‘he’ on Twit­ter.

A force spokeswoma­n said it was ‘com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing that any­one who feels tar­geted due to race, sex­ual ori­en­ta­tion, re­li­gion, dis­abil­ity or gen­der iden­tity is listened to’.

FLY­ING THE FLAG: Inspector David Har­land calls him­self a ‘trans ally’

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