Statement - Review of crime reports

Statement from Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, on the recent crime reports and evidence provided to the National Crime Agency (NCA).

Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley, Anthony Stansfeld, said: "I have personally reviewed the crime reports and evidence provided by the Bank Signature Forgery Campaign to the National crime Agency (NCA) yesterday, as well as the previous batches of crime reports and evidence the Campaign provided to Lynne Owens in September and November 2019. 

"The evidence is clear and compelling. This is serious organised crime by banks against the UK public.

"Banks and others have systematically forged signatures, fabricated evidence and made false statements to the Courts in order to win court cases against customers. Lives have been destroyed, families evicted, people have been bankrupted. This has been happening for at least a decade, potentially on an industrial scale. The economic loss to customers could run into billions. 

"The Treasury Select Committee asked Lynne Owens almost a year ago to investigate bank signature forgery. She has failed to do so.

"It is a national scandal and embarrassment that the NCA has not launched a criminal investigation into this serious organised crime by banks and others against the public. It should do so immediately."

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