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Police quizzed over handling of Lincoln Music Man street robbery

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: March 22, 2014

Busker Phil Gray known as Lincoln's Music Man

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An advisory group set up after the Stephen Lawrence case is writing to Lincolnshire’s Chief Constable over his force’s handling of a street robbery.

Phil Gray, known as Lincoln’s Music Man, was attacked and robbed at the Stonebow in the early hours of New Year’s Day.

Mr Gray, of Boundary Street, Lincoln, says police told him they had CCTV evidence, that one attacker was known, that he would be invited to look at some mugshots and that an identity parade was planned.

Yet two months on and with the suspects still at large, he says he has heard nothing. and has accused police of dragging their heels.

Lincolnshire Police confirmed Mr Gray’s letter to Chief Constable Neil Rhodes has been received but that “it will take time” for them to look into the points raised.

David Millar, spokesman for the Independent Advisory Group for Lincolnshire Police, said: “Anyone physically assaulted is entitled to know what is happening. The official police spokesperson’s reference to a complaint being ‘in the system’ and ‘taking time’ is simply not an acceptable form of words.”

“Yet hate crime and harassment of minority communities is understood by Lincolnshire Police to be widely unreported.

“Therefore this was, in our opinion, an unhelpful statement.

“We feel it falls upon us to write to the Chief Constable advising Mr Rhodes of our concerns.”

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  • Alhly  |  March 22 2014, 2:56PM

    A black man is a victim. This is definitely an occasion for a play, a statue, a book, a movie, a documentary, a number 1 single, and a complete overhaul of the poleece and the criminal justice system.

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