THE BRITISH POLICE
Most Police forces are funded by their local authorities. Because of this they build up cosy relationships with local council officers, often belonging to the same masonic lodge. Additionally, the Police do not regard planning crime as a high priority and indeed very often do not understand the law sufficiently to realise a crime has been committed. It appears our Government has directed the Police accordingly. In any event our government declines to take action or to form a special planning crime unit to investigate deception and fraud. Neither have the Government taken any steps to implement the recommendations of Lord Nolan and the Nolan Committee report on Standards in Public Life.
Every regional Police Force has its own website which contains information and advice about police activity in the area it serves. You can select your local force, or the force for another region below: However, you will not find any information as to how to report planning crime. If you do report a planning crime, the force you have contacted will write back explaining it is a civil matter, despite the criminal sanctions in the Town & Country Planning Act as amended by the Planning & Compensation Act. If you really push for a crime to be logged, they will tell you they do not have the resources and to take out a civil action. Clearly, this is a crime in itself as in R v Dytham and R v Bowden - failing to perform one's duty to uphold the law. Please also see the Police Act and Code of Conduct elsewhere on this site. Just click the links.
It appears the UK Police Service works alongside a number of Government organisations, masquerading as independents, to stifle planning crime and suppress public outcry. The best thing you can do if you recognise any of the symptoms, is to lobby your Member of Parliament for a change in the law. The Ombudsman, District Auditor and Office for the Supervision of Solicitors are all their to preserve the status quo, regardless of the ongoing injustice:-
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