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Crayford father and son take on Met and CPS over false crime records
A FATHER and son from Crayford are taking on the Met and the CPS for failing to correct false information about a vicious playground attack more than three years ago.
Jonathan Fromings was 15 when he was punched several times by a fellow pupil at Beths Grammar School in Bexley leaving him with permanent damage to his left eye, severe concussion, suspected kidney damage and extensive bruising.
The lunchtime attack on September 13, 2010, was caught on CCTV, seen by a number of witnesses and backed up by a teacher's report confirming Jonathan was the victim not the aggressor.
Bexley Police carried out an investigation but no charges were brought against the boy who attacked Jonathan, now 17.
In fact police records maintained Jonathan was the instigator, adding his assailant was acting in "clear self-defence".
Jonathan Fromings with the injuries he suffered following the attack.
Jonathan's name was cleared after District Judge Nicholas Greenfield labelled police findings "completely wrong" at a hearing at Dartford County Court last year.
He ordered the Met to change its records on the incident involving the North West Kent College music technology student and the force agreed to correct the line in the report alleging Jonathan was the aggressor.
But the Met still refuse to correct other parts of the records while the CPS will not disclose everything it has on file about Jonathan in relation to the incident.
Errors in the police report include a description of Jonathan’s injuries as merely a "broken nose/soreness to the head" and the claim CCTV footage of the attack was not clear enough to tell who started it.
Mr Fromings, 51, claims the Met and CPS are legally obliged to change their records and says serious allegations made about the misconduct of a number of Bexley officers in the case have yet to meet with a response.
He told News Shopper: "We want other victims to be treated fairly when they come into contact with the police and it is grossly unfair for the police and CPS to insist on keeping damaging and inaccurate records about people.
Jonathan's name was cleared following a hearing at Dartford County Court last year.
"It is vital for the police and CPS to comply with the law, to correct inaccuracies about people in their records and to investigate serious allegations about their own officers otherwise they will lose public trust and cooperation, seriously damaging the important work they do.
"We are shocked at how the police and CPS currently conduct themselves and are campaigning for them to start behaving honourably in full compliance with the law, just as everyone else has to."
Bexleyheath and Crayford MP David Evennett added: "I have had real concerns about this case from the start and have endeavoured to assist the family with the problems they have experienced.
"I do hope the Met will listen to the issues being raised by Mr Fromings and act accordingly."
Police and CPS respond
A Met spokesman said: "The crime report system is for recording the actions of officers and evidence during an investigation.
"Entries cannot be amended as to do so could damage the integrity of the record.
"The claimant in this action was unhappy with details recorded in a crime report and a line was added to the report clarifying the victim's position."
A CPS spokeswoman added: “Mr Fromings has been in contact with our Information Management Unit and they are currently handling his query relating to information held on his son, Jonathan.
"The unit will be sending a response to Mr Fromings shortly which we hope will address his concerns.”
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