By Alex Kapadia
A motorist who went to his local police station to report his car tyres had been slashed was told he had to make his complaint by phone instead.
After his tyres were slashed, retired industrial chemist Andy Bevan wanted to alert the police as soon as possible so that the culprit could be caught.
But to his utter amazement a community support officer told Mr Bevan 57, he could not report the crime in person, instead he was handed a card and asked to telephone the number on it.
The matter took another bizarre twist when Mr Bevan stepped outside Hessle police station, near Hull, to use his mobile phone and an officer came out to tell him he could use a phone inside the station to contact the command centre.
Mr Bevan was understandably left dumbfounded by his treatment at the hands of Humberside Police and labelled the force’s attitude as ‘ridiculous’, according to a report in the Daily Mail.
He said he only visited the station in person after his tyres were damaged because he wanted the culprits caught and wasn’t concerned about getting a crime number to claim on insurance.
Mr Bevan said: “I told the PCSO at the counter my car was vandalised last night. He said the words to the effect: “Have you rung?”
“I said I’d just popped in to report it, and he said, “You can’t just pop in, you have to ring.”
“I said it was absolutely outrageous and if I saw bank robbers going into a bank couldn’t I come in and tell them that it was happening? They said that was different as it was a crime in progress.
“He said you have to ring in and gave me a card and that was it. He wasn’t being officious – in fact I’d give him 10 out of 10 for bedside manner.
“But I just think it’s ridiculous that you can’t report a crime in a police station – end of story.”