Police kick in woman’s door and leave it secured with a flimsy sign after being given the wrong flat
Police kick in stunned woman’s door and leave it secured with a flimsy sign after being given the wrong flat while investigating a crime
- Daniel Hartley took to Twitter after his girlfriend’s door was smashed
- West Yorkshire police rammed into flat door based on ‘misinformation’
- Mr Hartley said the area was dangerous and the door was not secured properly
A police force smashed into a single woman’s door in a dangerous neighborhood, leaving it with only a weak sign blocking the entrance, her partner claimed.
Daniel Hartley, an assistant professor at Durham University, took to Twitter after his girlfriend struggled to get West Yorkshire police to take responsibility for breaking into the door of her Bradford flat on Thursday.
Photos show the woman’s door being completely smashed during what he says was a raid “based on misinformation about a crime that took place there.”
West Yorkshire Police told MailOnline that the police were at fault for not leaving the door properly secured and said it would pay Mr Hartley’s partner compensation.
Mr Hartley said his girlfriend came home to find a handwritten note on the back of an envelope asking her to call 101 for more information.
Daniel Hartley, an assistant professor at Durham University, took to Twitter after his girlfriend struggled to get West Yorkshire police to take responsibility for the door they broke.
Mr Hartley said his partner returned home and found a handwritten note on the back of an envelope asking her to call 101 for more information
Mr Hartley (pictured) posted video footage showing the thin MDF board pasted over the destroyed door
But when she called the number, the police couldn’t find her information “because the agents entered the log data so poorly, incorrectly and haphazardly,” he claimed.
Then the woman herself had to pay for the cost of a replacement door because the force would not pay. Instead, she was told to “send the invoices and he would assess whether they would pay.”
Mr Hartley posted video footage showing the thin MDF board pasted over the destroyed door.
A West Yorkshire Police spokesman explained that officers went door-to-door when Hartley’s girlfriend’s door went unanswered.
To make sure the person they were looking for wasn’t inside, they tore it down.
Mr Hartley said the police attorney assigned to his girlfriend’s case was on annual leave
Mr Hartley wrote: ‘Police used the company RapidSecure to secure a piece of MDF to the remaining top half of the door. It hung weakly, could easily be pulled off or simply unscrewed. You could see into the flat through the cracks on each side. They classified this as ‘safe’.’
He said his girlfriend’s building had a “high crime rate” and that less than a month ago “a woman was sexually assaulted, after which female police officers knocked on flats and told women to lock their doors properly and not to reveal them to strangers.” to open’.
“The officer we spoke to yesterday acknowledged this,” Mr Hartley added.
“They have now left my partner, who lives alone, extremely vulnerable. She has to pay for emergency door security reinforcements until a new door — and the entire door frame — can be fitted. It can take weeks for that to happen. The police offer no help.’
Mr Hartley said the Corps attorney assigned to his girlfriend’s case was on annual leave.
“After constant harassment, her case was assigned to a police attorney charged with compensating for the damage caused. His first email informed her that he would be on annual leave until Tuesday. They refused requests to assign her case to anyone who was not on leave,” he wrote.
“During the entire time, the police officers involved have made no apologies, have shown total indifference and have denied all responsibility.”
Sarah Jones, Superintendent of Police for West Yorkshire, said: ‘Our officers carried out a search of several addresses in an apartment block in Patent Street, Bradford, on 23 September 2021, following a report of safety concerns for potentially vulnerable people.
‘In an attempt to locate the persons, officers started knocking at the door, also at the complainant’s house. The door was not answered, so officers broke into the door by knocking on the door.
“We accept that the way the door was secured was inadequate and on behalf of the force I apologize to the complainant for the inconvenience and concern this has caused her.
“We forced entry to the property in good faith and the complainant understands the circumstances, as the safety of the individuals was paramount at the time. However, this does not justify leaving the door unsecured.
‘We have spoken to the complainant regarding this incident and we will reimburse the costs of the door repairs.’
MailOnline has contacted RapidSecure for comment.