Systemic Failures found in Greater Manchester Police's Handling of Anti-social Behaviour

A review into the death of a man with learning difficulties from Hattersley, who suffered years of torment from local children, has identified systemic failures within Greater Manchester Police.

A review into the death of a man with learning difficulties from Hattersley, who suffered years of torment from local children, has identified systemic failures within Greater Manchester Police. 

64 year old David Askew collapsed in his garden last year after confronting kids, who'd allegedly thrown his wheelie bin around and tampered with his mother's mobility scooter.

He and his family had reported 88 incidents of harassment and anti-social behaviour to Greater Manchester Police since 2004.

An investigation by the police watchdog has found members of the local Neighbourhood Policing Team did try to help the family, even when off duty, and no officers committed criminal offences.

However, it found GMP hadn't properly dealt with factors which made the Askew family vulnerable, nor had it treated the incidents as ‘hate crime'. 

It also found the force had shown a lack of coordination with partner agencies and a lack of robust offender management. 

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