I have been advised to start my complaint with the Professional Standards HQ.
Below is a copy of the police, my latest emails and the complaint:
To Professional Standards HQ:
I have waited patiently for the police to deal with this case but little if anything has happened regarding the perpetrator.
A gilly on the River Wye near to the place called Hole-in-the-Wall, challenged my friend and I for stopping on the river bank in an emergency. I was suffering from the sudden onset of a hypoglycaemic attack (I am diabetic).
The main part of the incident was the aggressive manner and threats that were used by this person against my friend and I.
The gilly also declared that he was a water bailiff (an Environment Agency, warranted officer). He produced false and misleading documents when asked, but would not allow close inspection.
This gilly is well known for his aggressive attitude towards canoeists. In order to avoid spoiling my canoeing I would not normally stop in "his area" but a medical emergency made this unavoidable.
The police seem to have made no progress towards dealing with this person. They accepted his lies re. being a water bailiff and as far as I am aware they have not spoken to him with regards to his behaviour.
The last email I have received from the police is totally unsympathetic and in a nutshell suggests that I forget about it. There is no mention of dealing with the gilly's bad behaviour.
This gilly is as far as I am aware still on the river and will probably continue to menace people undertaking a legal and peaceful activity.
Copy of last email:
PC Powell is off work at the moment and has asked me to reply to your E mail.
The offence of impersonating a Constable is not made out as an Enviroment Agency Water Baliff is not a constable .
The Police Act 1996 consolidated legislation relating to the police. Subsection 90(1) makes it an offence to impersonate a constable
. It states:
90(1) Any person who, with intent to deceive, impersonates a member of a police force or special constable
, or makes any statement or does any act calculated falsely to suggest that he is such a member or constable, commits an offence .
There is also an offence of impersonating designated / accredited person under Section 4 6Police Reform Act 2002, again an Enviroment Agency Water Baliff is not covered under this legislation.
Please consider this matter finalised.
D Boote PS 3236.
Sent: 19 March 2012 13:59
Subject: FW: reference number; 493-S-011111
Can I discuss this with you so that you can look at making contact on my behalf.
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Sent: 14 March 2012 23:52
Subject: Re: reference number; 493-S-011111
What progress has been made regarding the incident ref no. 493-S-011111?
I am disappointed about the slow progress in this case. The gilly in this case has been a menace, for a number of years, to canoeists peacefully and lawfully using the River Wye for their activity. Much of his aggression towards canoeists is at odds to the Act of Public Navigation for the River Wye. Navigators have the right to use the river banks. Canoeists cannot access or leave the river if it involves crossing private land without permission but when we are on the river we may use the banks for incidental stops.
I am also disappointed that he has got away with telling lies about his status, notably impersonating an Environment Agency Water Bailiff. According to an earlier email from you, he said that he was employed by the EA and had reported the incident to them. Both parts of this statement are not true.
Extract from your email of the 8th September 2011-
I am the local Police Officer for the area and have spoken with the people concerned. The first man that you saw is employed by the Environment Agency as a water bailiff and gilly for the area. He has submitted a report to them detailing the incident.
The situation of Paul F and his statement has not been resolved. He was told by the police officer that he saw that, "there was no point making a statement". This seems to be the stumbling block at the moment. Paul F is willing to make a statement.
Please let me know what is happening or has the case been dropped without reference to the CPS.
I will report on the reaction I get from this.