Forcing Police to take action, Harassment, Private Prosecutions
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We have a mentally ill resident who has been targeted with harassment for 8 years. Last Saturday a neighbour pulled out a large kitchen knife and threatened to kill his gardeners who were tending his garden because he is too scared to do it himself. The Council have always failed to take action about lower level Anti-social behaviour targeted at him. The police have failed to take action against the more serious harassment and threats of murder. The latest incident was reported, but the police refused investigate it, take witness statements or even give the incident a crime reference number. They just closed the incident down as "solved". There is a lot more details to this, but no space here for all of it. Complaining to the police or IPCC has so far been a waist of time. "Safeguarding" meetings have rarely been attended by all agencies and never resulted in any action being taken. The police say it is a mental health issue (but there are witnesses, videos, recordings...). The mental health team say it is a police matter. Both point to each other and do nothing.
1) Is pulling a knife out at someone a crime - if yes, what would the possible charges be? Under which laws?
2) Is this a Crime or Harassment? Does action against the perpetrator have to be started within 3 months or, if the police are slow to act, can it be started later?
3) Can we force the Police to issue a Crime Reference Number?
4) Can we force the Police to investigate the matter, take witness statements, refer the matter to the CPS to consider prosecution?
5) How might we go about mounting a private prosecution?
6) What category of solicitor should we seek to approach to address the problems outlined in 1) - 4) above?
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