A young man in his mid-to-late thirty's recently contacted me because he was upset about the content of a YourThanet article about bogus policemen. For ease of reference we'll call him John (not his real name).
I have known John for a good few years and he has always been a no-nonsense parent (of two very lively children) who tends to keep himself to himself. John pointed me to a quote from the local police at the end of the article and told me why he was so upset.
In the article we read Detective Sergeant Claire Munday saying:
Should someone call at your home and you are not confident they are genuine, close the door and call Kent Police for verification. None of our officers will mind if you do this.
However John told me that this is not the case. A year and half ago John was on the receaving end of a seriouse campaign of harrasment. The bully in this case took it upon themself to phone john and threaten him aa well as making regular calls to solicial services, police and other agencies. As you would expect this ment visits from said agnecies who left claiming that there was no problem to be seen.
John even made a formal complaint to the police about what was going on and for a time things died down with only occasional phone calls and letters from unlikely government agencies.
Then one morning after a seriouse bombardment of phone calls (in which the bully threatened to have John killed) social services phoned John to say that they would visit him arround 1pm. Fearing the worst and not knowing which calls were real and which were fake John attempted to arrange to have his children visit thier grandfather's.
At 9:15am two women claiming to be from social services knocked at his door. Sure now that something was very wrong John sent them away again.
Shortly after there was another knock at the door and two men claiming to be police offciers demanded that they be allowed in. Being alone with his children John was worried and panicking, so attempting to buy more time while we tried to find out if these were real officers - he refused them entry.
Their reaction was brutal.
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