Let’s Hear The Tape Then, Eh?

Geoff Platt called 999 after being followed around Purley town centre on Tuesday by a burly man with tattoos on his face who was shouting and swearing at him.

Geoff Platt is a 6ft 6 23 stone ex-cop. If he’s worried…

He tried to report it at Purley Police Station, only to discover it was closed, so when he reached the railway station he decided to call 999.

“I felt I was in danger,” he said. “I didn’t know whether he had a knife or a weapon, but when I called the police the operator wasn’t interested.

“I made specific allegations about threats to kill but was told no officer would be sent out.

They could have at least gone to speak to this guy.
“I wasn’t getting anywhere so I jumped on a train to get out of there.”

The police, of course, deny any such thing. No, no, they offered to send someone, but that offer was refused. They say.

Is it just me, or does that seem…a little strange? That Mr Platt would reject the offer of a policeman having made the call, or that a tattooed man threatening a stranger in the street would be something to negotiate with the caller over?

The Met said its telephone operator had offered to send an officer to the scene but Mr Platt refused, a claim he described as a “categoric lie”.

“I asked several times and was told no one was coming,” he added.

These calls are recorded though, aren’t they? So..it should be easy to tell who’s lying. Just release the tape.
What have you got to lose?

You are always complaining about the public and your image and the way local and national media paint inaccurate pictures of you. Here’s a golden opportunity to set the record straight.

What have you got to be afraid of?

5 comments for “Let’s Hear The Tape Then, Eh?

  1. Derek
    March 20, 2013 at 11:41 am

    Unfortunately, the police in general, and the Met in particular, have good reason to be frightened of the truth being revealed. For years now they have got away with adjusting the truth to suit the case that they wish to put foreward. Sometimes I wonder if they still know the real meaning of “The Truth”.

    • March 22, 2013 at 5:35 am

      We used to trust them. I wonder if they ever ask themselves why we do so no longer..

  2. March 20, 2013 at 3:43 pm

    Just release the tape.

    Got it in one. Lying bstds.

    • dgnc
      March 20, 2013 at 7:05 pm

      I just wonder which excuse the Met will use not to publish the tape.

      Data protection/privacy, tape machine not switched on/faulty/out-of-order, recording already erased or voices indistinct.

      But of course if by some remote possibility the IPPC investigate and miraculously find against the Met then we can all take comfort that ‘lessons will be learned’

  3. amfortas
    March 21, 2013 at 5:35 am

    The answer is to make your own ‘tape’. A ‘spy pen’ can be obtained on the internet for as little as $50. Chinese made, of course, in that closed society. They have sound and video record ability. It is advisable to always have such a recording of ANY contact with the Police, or any other ‘authority’ for that matter.

    I am not sure of the laws in different countries but in Oz we have a ‘Privacy Act’ which forbids ‘authorities’ recording you without a warrant, but ‘section 43’ says YOU can record any conversation you have, with or without the knowledge or permission of anyone else. Section 45 says you can use that recording in pursuance of a legal matter.

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