Man injured in Menston pub car park appeals against police findings

David Emsley and his wife, Sharon

Simon Waters was jailed for 21 months for wounding Mr Emsley

First published in News Ilkley Gazette: Photograph of the Author by , Crime Reporter

A man who was crushed by a car when the driver deliberately reversed into him has asked an independent watchdog to investigate the police handling of the case.

David Emsley, 52, suffered fractured ribs when he was trapped between a Ford Galaxy and some railings at The Fox pub in Menston, last August.

The driver, Simon Waters, 40, of Cross Green, Otley (left), was jailed for 21 months after he was convicted of wounding Mr Emsley.

Waters had returned to the scene after earlier blocking in Mr Emsley’s car and then reversing.

Judge Jonathan Rose told Waters he had used the car as a weapon to deliberately reverse into Mr Emsley.

Mr Emsley, of Menston, complained to the Independent Police Complaints Commission about the handling of the original call by the officer sent to the scene following the first incident.

Mr Emsley claimed the officer failed to take his allegation of assault seriously, as a result of which the suspect returned and subjected him to the more serious assault.

The officer claimed Mr Emsley was had been drinking and swore at him.

The IPCC passed the complaint to West Yorkshire Police, which did not uphold it following an investigation and said no further action was intended.

Mr Emsley has now appealed the decision to the IPCC.

He said: “I explained the situation to the officer and asked him what he was going to do and he said ‘nothing.’ He suggested I was making a mountain out of a molehill and said ‘you’re drunk, he’s drunk, you’ve had a tit for tat.’ ”The second incident would not have happened if he had done something about the first one.”

He admitted swearing at the officer in frustration but denied being drunk.

In his statement of complaint Mr Emsley described the officer as having a “disgruntled, feeling sorry for himself attitude,” and claimed he was not interested in the incident.

The police investigation concluded there had been no indication the complainant was at further risk from the suspect and there was no reason the complainant could not be seen the following morning.

A spokesman for the IPCC said: “We are collating documentation from the various parties.

“Our role is to look at how West Yorkshire Police conducted the investigation and whether we agree with the findings.”

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