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CHARNWOOD TO REVIEW RACIAL PROCEDURES

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The local government ombudsman has ordered Charnwood BC to review its ...
The local government ombudsman has ordered Charnwood BC to review its

procedures and liaison arrangements with the police and Racial Equality

Council.

The move comes after the council was found guilty of maladministration causing injustice to a family who were the

victims of a long series of anti-social behaviour and racial harassment by youths in the neighbourhood.

The council had failed to recognise the seriousness of the offences, despite the Commission for Racial Equality and the local Racial Equality Council drawing attention to the incidents in 1997.

The ombudsman found there were serious shortcomings in the council's procedure and the family had suffered unacceptable harassment over a much longer period than would have been the case if the council had acted correctly.

It ruled the council must pay the family£4,000 compensation, rehouse them, and investigate the complaints properly.

Assistant chief executive Jeffery Henshall said the report would be considered 'maturely, objectively and sensitively'.

'The ombudsman's report will need to be considered in detail by the councillors and we have three months to inform the local ombudsman of the action the council proposes to take. We will not seek to defend the indefensible,' he said.

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