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Claudia's dad wants an enquiry.

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Claudia's dad wants an enquiry.

Post by vee8 on Fri May 07, 2010 8:36 am

The father of missing chef Claudia Lawrence has called for an urgent independent inquiry into the police investigation of his daughter's disappearance and suspected murder.
Peter Lawrence, 63, said North Yorkshire Police had developed a "bunker mentality" and were failing to engage with members of the public, some of whom had found the force to be "uncivil, rude, abrupt and dismissive" when contacting it with information.
The force said it had received no complaints about its officers and announced it had voluntarily requested a further review of the investigation by the National Policing Improvement Agency.
Miss Lawrence, who was 35 at the time of her disappearance, was last seen near her home in Heworth, York, on March 18, 2009, and failed to arrive for her job as a chef at the University of York the following morning. Her father, a solicitor from Slingsby, North Yorkshire, welcomed the new NPIA investigation but said an independent inquiry and fresh personnel needed to be introduced to the case.
A statement released by Mr Lawrence's friend and spokesman Martin Dales said: "Sadly, although the police continue to keep in touch with the family, they have now developed a bunker mentality whereby they are not engaging with either the public or the media. I have received numerous communications from both public and media via findclaudia.co.uk over the last 13 months which I have always passed on to the police.
"Many of them have found that when they phone the police, attitudes towards them are, amongst other things, 'uncivil, rude, abrupt and dismissive' to quote a recent report to the Police Authority."
It added: "Whilst I welcome news that the National Police Improvement Agency is coming in to review matters again, it is 'the police policing police' and their reports are only made public if the Chief Constable wants them to be, which is unsatisfactory: after all this time, people expect to know what the police have been, and are still doing, even if some confidential operational detail has to be omitted.
"What is really needed now is an urgent independent inquiry with a public report. Nothing less will do and transparency is vital if trust is to be restored in North Yorkshire Police."
Detective Superintendent Ray Galloway, of North Yorkshire Police, said: "The force have not received any complaints about incivility or rudeness of any officers working on the investigation into Claudia's disappearance and there is no link whatsoever in the rise in complaints generally and the professionalism of the team working on the investigation.
"Despite hundreds of intrusive searches of people's homes and potentially difficult situations, no complaints about rudeness or incivility have been received. The force has voluntarily requested a further review of the investigation by the National Policing Improvement Agency. This is due to take place in the near future."
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