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Unproven allegations and the Disclosure and Barring Service

Volume 592: debated on Tuesday 10 February 2015

The Petition of a father in Birmingham,

Declares that after an attempted assault by my next door neighbour on my wife, a complaint of historical sexual abuse, while babysitting her, was made about me by the 18 year old daughter of the person who had assaulted my wife. After nearly two weeks of trying to go to the police station voluntarily to give a statement the police turned up at my house with social services to arrest me. The arresting officer said I won’t be charged. They bailed me away from my house and children to a house with three children. The police failed to investigate the accusation before the arrest and could have found out easily that I never babysat her, in fact she had a fulltime child minder. The IPCC upheld my complaint saying I did not need to be arrested. Chief Constable Sims refused to take my arrest data off the system and the IPCC said I should now see a solicitor.

The Petitioner therefore requests that the House of Commons Justice Select Committee reviews the issue of obviously false allegations and whether the law should be changed to ensure that there is a duty on the prosecutory authorities to investigate whether allegations are obviously false with a view towards removing such allegations from Disclosure and Barring Service records and the like and potentially prosecuting those that make obviously false allegations.

And the Petitioner remains, etc.—[Presented by John Hemming.]