Political row brewing over domestic violence

Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw
Lancashire Police and Crime Commissioner Clive Grunshaw

Lancashire’s Police and Crime Commissioner has criticised the Home Secretary - saying she failed to recognise the Constabulary’s excellent performance on domestic abuse.

Clive Grunshaw has written to Theresa May asking her to visit Lancashire – and see first-hand the work the force and their partners are doing to tackle all forms of domestic abuse.

The Home Secretary wrote to all police forces and Police and Crime Commissioners in the wake of domestic abuse inspection reports published by Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), and labelled police forces as “simply not good enough” and “failing victims”.

But both the Commissioner and Lancashire’s Chief Constable, Steve Finnigan, have been left angered by the letter, which failed to recognise the excellent performance of Lancashire Constabulary’s Public Protection Unit.

Mr Grunshaw said: “I was extremely disappointed with both the tone and content of the letter we received from the Home Secretary. Lancashire Constabulary was told by HMIC its residents could have “confidence” in reporting domestic abuse, and inspectors praised the force for its investment in “well-trained and specialist staff”.

“The strength of the work we undertake with our partners was also recognised.

“I am very proud of the work of our Public Protection Unit here in Lancashire.”

The Chief Constable has also written to the Home Secretary to express his disappointment.