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PCC claims lead to radio interview

Local media interested in accusations that accurate Police Oracle report relied on 'hearsay'.

Beds PCC Kathryn Holloway

Beds PCC Kathryn Holloway

Date - 20th December 2017
By - JJ Hutber- Police Oracle
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Continued claims by a police and crime commissioner that a factual Police Oracle article is inaccurate led to the website's editor being interviewed on radio.

The spat has attracted the interest of local media in Bedfordshire with PCC Kathryn Holloway continuing to make false accusations via Twitter.

BBC Three Counties interviewed Police Oracle editor Martin Buhagiar this morning who ran through the series of events.

On December 12 Police Oracle reported on Ms Holloway's announcement at a police and crime panel meeting that the force had a new HMI.

This came after the PCC made a formal complaint to HMICFRS “to question a lack of impartiality, balance and fairness [in not] properly recognising the context in which my force operates.”

As a result Matt Parr is temporarily stepping in at HMI Zoë Billingham’s request, as our original article reported.

However, Ms Holloway accused us of relying on ‘hearsay’ in the report that quoted her directly word-for-word. The chairman of the police and crime panel also claimed the article was inaccurate - despite being present at the meeting - and accused police and crime panel members of leaking information to the media.

The tirade continued last night when the PCC again took to Twitter to say: "Police Oracle's original headline stated the previous HMI would not return. Today as I intended it states HMI Parr will inspect in interim.

"The problem with quoting a Police & Crime Panel conversation is that in an excerpt in black and white no humour or tone can be translated."




The original article has not been amended.

In a statement to the BBC, read out on air, a spokesman for Ms Holloway said: “The original Police Oracle article in its headline suggested that the PCC stated that the previous HMI would never return to Bedfordshire Police. 

"In fact, the Commissioner was correcting herself and was in the process of indicating that HMI Parr would be replacing her temporarily in the interim as today's Police Oracle article makes clear. 

“The PCC had no intention whatever of predicting the outcome of an enquiry that has not even started.”

Both Police Oracle articles published the same quotes. 

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Binson64 - Thu, 21 December 2017

What a shame, this story is overshadowing the outrageous behaviour of Zoe Billingham and her un-evidenced treatment of the Bedfordshire force and its fine Chief Constable whose moral compass and backbone should be recognised and applauded. Hopefully this PCC will realise her silliness before it overtakes the real issue.