Farmer accuses police of perverting course of justice

Bill Edwards, 21, at his home near Scalby, who has been cleared after a shooting incident last year, when he found and shot at, thieves trying to steal scrap metal. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130217b 07/01/2013

Bill Edwards, 21, at his home near Scalby, who has been cleared after a shooting incident last year, when he found and shot at, thieves trying to steal scrap metal. Photo by Andrew Higgins 130217b 07/01/2013

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A Scarborough farmer cleared of attempting to murder a thief stealing from his land has accused police of perverting the course of justice.

It was revealed last week that Bill Edwards was filing a complaint against North Yorkshire Police and the details have now been passed exclusively to the Scarborough News.

Bill Edwards, 21, says in a formal complaint that he has now been wrongly accused of endangering the public by chasing scrap metal raider David Taylor in his car.

The official complaint was filed following alleged remarks made by Police and Crime Commissioner Julia Mulligan in a radio interview about the case.

A North Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “From the information that we had at the time it was appropriate to arrest both Mr Edwards and his mother, as well as the thief, so that we could establish who had fired the shotgun.

“Initial enquiries showed damage to the windscreen, seats and paintwork on at least three sides of the vehicle.

“It is disappointing that Mr Edwards feels like a victim in this incident. However, it was important to establish whether or not he had crossed the line.

“The full facts gathered during the investigation were passed to the Crown Prosecution Service who decided not to pursue a prosecution.”

The complaint is now under investigation.