Police launch probe after officer threatens to ‘make something up’ to arrest young man

Police in Lancashire have launched an investigation after an officer was caught on camera threatening to fabricate an offence against a young man.

Saturday, 18th April 2020, 7:33 pm
Updated Saturday, 18th April 2020, 7:34 pm

The county’s force has also apologised for the unnamed officer’s ‘completely unacceptable’ language and behaviour, as shown in a video widely shared online.

A young man, believed to be from Accrington, said he was out picking up a quad bike he had bought when he was pulled over by police on Friday afternoon.

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Lancashire Police have apologised after the incident. Picture by Niklas Halle'n/AFP via Getty Images.

In the video, filmed in Accrington, the driver is heard saying: “You’re harassing me, what for? I’ve done nothing wrong..."

While failing to keep a two-metre distance, the officer shouts at him: “Sit in your car and shut up.”

He adds: “I’ll lock you up... I’ll make something up... “ho are they going to believe, me or you?”

The following day, Lancashire Police apologised for the officer’s behaviour and announced they will be conducting an investigation.

Lancashire Police Chief Constable Andy Rhodes said cases like this can ‘undo the hard work of so many’.

He said in a statement: “The footage shows language and behaviour from one officer which were completely unacceptable and for this I apologise without reservation.

“We recognise the impact that this behaviour will have had, both on the young man concerned and on the hard-earned trust and confidence of the wider public, particularly the comments about making offences up.

“It only takes one incident like this to undo the hard work of so many.”