Row over Pendle police vehicle

First published in News

AN all-terrain vehicle supplied for countryside police in East Lancashire has still not hit the roads amid delays over insuring and fuelling the vehicle.

Councillors in Colne are now set to write to Chief Constable Steve Finnegan because the Land Rover, designed for rural officers, has been sidelined for several months.

The vehicle was donated by the Hillendale dealership on the Lomeshaye Industrial Estate in Nelson, and the town’s area committee had agreed a £500 grant for signage marking the link-up.

Coun Graham Waugh, Colne committee chairman, said: “We have got nine officers sharing one Vauxhall Corsa, and the offer of a four-by-four.

“Surely it is not the beyond the wit of the chief superintendent and the chief constable to sort this out because we are dismayed by this outcome.”

Coun Joe Cooney, who also sits on the committee and is the borough council leader, added: “We agreed to part-fund signage for this vehicle so we have done our bit.

“The police have been given this vehicle by this dealer and they don’t seem to want it.”

The committee heard that an offer had been made by Chief Supt Chris Bithell, eastern policing division commander, regarding the on-road costs for the Land Rover.

But councillors were told that further objections appeared to have been raised by police headquarters regarding its deployment.

Councillors have agreed to write a letter to the chief constable to enquire whether the situation can be resolved.

Lancashire Police was unavailable for comment last night.

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5:25pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Legal Beagle says...

My first reaction was "Unbelievable!" My second reaction was that it's all too believable.

As was the closing sentence: "Lancashire Police was unavailable for comment last night."

The words "p*ss up" and "brewery" come to mind.
My first reaction was "Unbelievable!" My second reaction was that it's all too believable. As was the closing sentence: "Lancashire Police was unavailable for comment last night." The words "p*ss up" and "brewery" come to mind. Legal Beagle
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6:53pm Sun 9 Feb 14

pwitch says...

Pathetic - the police seem to continue to court bad press. Time for a shake up and new bosses who have the interest of the Public and People in mind.when they have been given an all terrain vehicle.
Pathetic - the police seem to continue to court bad press. Time for a shake up and new bosses who have the interest of the Public and People in mind.when they have been given an all terrain vehicle. pwitch
  • Score: 2

7:49pm Sun 9 Feb 14

Steven Seagull says...

pwitch wrote:
Pathetic - the police seem to continue to court bad press. Time for a shake up and new bosses who have the interest of the Public and People in mind.when they have been given an all terrain vehicle.
Yeah!!! What you just said!!!
[quote][p][bold]pwitch[/bold] wrote: Pathetic - the police seem to continue to court bad press. Time for a shake up and new bosses who have the interest of the Public and People in mind.when they have been given an all terrain vehicle.[/p][/quote]Yeah!!! What you just said!!! Steven Seagull
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11:25am Mon 10 Feb 14

woolywords says...

Erm, if nobody wants it, can I have it?

Would solve a lot of problems for me, like being able to park where I want or not get stuck in the traffic on the way back from ASDA.
It's 4x4 capability would be an absolute God-send, to deal with the potholes on Bolton Road, of which there are many and in growing numbers, as the Boroughs financial allowances are swallowed up, by resurfacing the road outside of the Capita building!
There would be no need to wrap it up, as a gift for Valentines Day, as I know that you love me, judging by the number of 'routine' stops, where you just want to speak to me.
Erm, if nobody wants it, can I have it? Would solve a lot of problems for me, like being able to park where I want or not get stuck in the traffic on the way back from ASDA. It's 4x4 capability would be an absolute God-send, to deal with the potholes on Bolton Road, of which there are many and in growing numbers, as the Boroughs financial allowances are swallowed up, by resurfacing the road outside of the Capita building! There would be no need to wrap it up, as a gift for Valentines Day, as I know that you love me, judging by the number of 'routine' stops, where you just want to speak to me. woolywords
  • Score: 2

5:55pm Mon 10 Feb 14

HairyBowls says...

9 officers sharing a corsa? Thats exceeding the vehicle capacity a bit! Squeeze in plod...
9 officers sharing a corsa? Thats exceeding the vehicle capacity a bit! Squeeze in plod... HairyBowls
  • Score: 2

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