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?