They said no work has been done at all on the case so far(confirmed by the officer at the police station during my visits and by the police officer who visited us), i.e. they have not started any investigation at all;
the police officer to whom we gave the addresses of our witnesses said that due to budget cuts he will not start collecting witness statements(each one takes 1hour) unless we press charges
How are we to go about it then-they have not asked us to give them any further statements apart from what we told them we went to the police station after the attack.
Also, my husband has not received a letter from the police confirming he is a victim of crime, such a letter was only sent to me; although my husband suffered much more-the attacker's dog bit him( no injuries, but tore his jacket) and we showed the police the torn jacket ; my husband was pushed on the chest and chased along the road by the attacker and the dog pulling in front of him and we were both verbally abused; this is a second crime perpetrated by the same person and his dog and as he may face eviction(Council tenant) he falsely alleged my husband assaulted him verbally;
the attack on us happened as my husband tried to obtain a photo of the attacker's dog not being on a lead (the Council wanted substantiated proof of that in reply to our letter expressing concern that the dog is taken out not on a lead and in the previous attack my husband was bitten by the dog, was injured badly and needed a 3-day hospital stay, );
can we make a claim against the attacker of trying to perverse the course of justice?
We think that taking a picture in public space and people contained therein is not illegal and not an act of aggression-is this correct?
My husband did "not press any charges" in relation to the previous incident in the name of trying to keep good relationship with this neighbor- what revenge can we talk about!
It is in the Council's terms of tenancy that all dogs should be kept on a lead, so the attacker was regularly in breach of his tenancy agreement as he was on the evening he assaulted my husband. Indeed after the first attack which happened 3 years ago the Council tried to obtain an injection at a Magistrate Court to ban the attacker having dogs, but was unsuccessful
He was walking the dog off the lead within the boundary of the estate, which was in contravention with the tenancy agreement. This is also where the main attack on my husband took place.
We are not only making an allegation, we had one evidence of the attack already when we visited the police station-my husband's torn jacket; we also identified witnesses subsequently when the police informed us they had not done any work;
we know we were the victims, so we want to do everything, rather than nothing as you suggest above; should we ask the police about the s9 statement?