February 12th, 2008

A Police Spokesman said

Posted in The Job - Comment by 200

Sloppy reporting is often cause for complaint with us coppers. It happens at every level. I can recall many occasions when I’ve been mentioned in the local rag for dealing with one incident or another & they have said "PC 200 said… blah, blah, blah…" They’ve then gone on to not only misquote me but print something which was totally made up from start to finish.

So I bring you news of another case of twisted reporting, this time by the Sun – no change there then – in their Feb 9 issue.

"Neglect Cop Jailed" said the headline. It appears that a custody assistant faked entries to cover up failures to check on a prisoner who later died. This happened in Chingford in North London. The guy has been jailed for six months, according to the story.

The article clearly states he was a ‘civilian police worker’ & therefore not a police officer. I understand that the male concerned had retired from the police and taken a job as a  civvy custody assistant. Nearer the truth would have been "Retired Cop Jailed", but that wouldn’t fit as well with the Sun’s agenda.

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4 comments

  1. annette says:

    The Sun?
    Goodness I am surprised….not.

    February 12th, 2008 at 21:23

  2. Litew8 says:

    Great Scott…. good lord man… The Sun? Reading? Was it in Cartoon-strip format then? I am certain that this waste of paper doesn’t contain anything remotely requiring reading-skills…

    As for news? Should be sued for misadvertising, a work of pure fiction…

    L.

    February 12th, 2008 at 21:52

  3. 200 says:

    Sadly, I am limited as to my choice of reading material at work to whatever the girls in the call centre leave lying around & I refuse to read OK, Chat & National Enquirer.
    Someone left the Sunday Times last week but it covered up the computer screen & I missed all my immediate despatch targets.

    February 12th, 2008 at 22:11

  4. Matt says:

    It will have been the sub-editor. Or “sub-human” as we journos call them. They are so bloomin’ thick. I sometimews fight with them to get a headline changed if it changes the sense of the story. But it is a losing battle, usually.

    February 19th, 2008 at 23:03

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