Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire PC's flasher inquiry criticised by judge

Lincolnshire police will conduct "inquiries" after a judge criticised a police officer for handling her own case when she fell victim to a flasher.

The PC initially failed to identify the culprit during a supervised viewing of photographs, Lincoln Crown Court heard.

She then used a police computer to review images before taking part in a second identification process.

The force said it would review training after the judge said such evidence was "too dangerous" to put before a jury.

Safeguards 'ignored'

A court hearing last week was told that after the incident, the police officer could not find a suspect in an album of 12 photographs.

She then asked a colleague to show her pictures of suspects on a work computer despite being the complainant.

A 37-year-old man was then charged with exposing himself to the officer.

But once in court the Crown Prosecution Service was forced to offer no evidence against the man after Judge Sean Morris described his identification as "too dangerous" to put before a jury and criticised the officer for "ignoring almost every safeguard".

The man was cleared of exposing himself to the off-duty police officer, who cannot be named for legal reasons.

Det Con Insp David Wood said: "We accept the judge's observations.

"This is an isolated procedural breach, but inquiries will be made and should there be a need to reinforce staff training, this will of course be carried out," he said.

"Despite this we wish to point out that, as the judge recognised, our officers did act with the best of intentions and all of their actions were openly documented in the case file, which was reviewed and supported by the CPS."

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