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Response from Anthony Stansfeld to Police and Crime Panel press release

A response from Anthony Stansfeld to a Police and Crime Panel press release (8 February 2021).

"I disagree with the findings of the Police and Crime panel (PCP). The duties of the PCP is to hold the PCC to account, but also to support the PCC. This my panel has failed to do. One of the most important duties of Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) is to protect and support victims of crime. The area of crime I cover for all PCCs is Fraud. Thousands have been defrauded by banks, legal practices and accountants. The HBOS Reading case was typical of this. Senior parliamentarians from both houses of parliament and from both major political parties have written in to the PCP supporting me in this.  A great many organisations and individuals have also written in to my PCP to support my efforts to see that victims of fraud are treated properly, fairly, and are recompensed. The PCP has failed to even mention the support my actions have received over this case.

"Dame Linda Dobbs, a senior retired High Court Judge is investigating what has gone on in Lloyds, HBOS, and their accountants and lawyers. The report, which was originally expected to take a year, has now entered its fifth year, and employs over 50 QCs, lawyers and accountants. The two companies who complained about are both likely to feature prominently in her report. I find it extraordinary that my PCP, which is composed of local Councillors, can produce a report about this after an afternoon’s deliberation into a subject they know little if anything about. I question whether its members have read the many letters written in support of my actions to protect victims of fraud that have been sent to the Panel.

"I think it is probably impossible for the PCP to investigate complex complaints of this nature. However it should say so. Both the previous complaints accepted by the panel were not looked into in any depth, and I have little doubt that if they had been, and if they had been understood, then the complaints would not have been upheld."

Anthony Stansfeld, Police and Crime Commissioner for Thames Valley