Anger at political snub on domestic abuse success

Police Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Police Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
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Senior policing figures have hit out at the Home Secretary Theresa May after she sent a letter to police forces blasting the way they tackled domestic abuse - when Lancashire police had been praised for its work days earlier.

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw has voiced anger and criticised the Home Secretary after she failed to recognise the Constabulary’s excellent performance on domestic abuse.

Chief Con Steve Finnigan did not comment today, but it is understood he has sent a letter expressing his “disappointment”.

Both figures have written to the politician asking her to visit Lancashire and see first hand the work the force and their partners are doing to tackle all forms of domestic abuse.

The row erupted after the Home Secretary wrote to all police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners in the wake of domestic abuse inspection reports published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and labelled police forces as “simply not good enough”.

She said the “current police response to domestic abuse is failing victims” - despite figures showing Lancashire Police made arrests in 90 out of 100 cases.

Mr Grunshaw said the letter, which implied polcei forces were failing victims, was “disheartening and added: “I was extremely disappointed with both the tone and content of the letter we received from the Home Secretary.

“Lancashire Constabulary was told by HMIC its residents could have “confidence” in reporting domestic abuse, and inspectors praised the force for its investment in “well-trained and specialist staff”. The strength of the work we undertake with our partners was also recognised.”