Shocking footage shows boy hanging out car window in Gosport – but Hampshire police won’t take action

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A CCTV image of the charity box thief

CCTV catches dopey charity box thief on camera

  • Footage shows boy leaning out of car window
  • Man captured incident on camera and police had it
  • But he was told the force won’t investigate
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A DRIVER has told of his anger after police refused to take action a boy caught on video hanging out of a taxi on a busy road.

The shocking incident happened on March 14 in Heritage Way, Gosport, and was recorded on an in-car camera.

How the police believe no action is warranted beggars belief

Michael Light

It shows a Vauxhall driving along with a boy sticking his head and part of his body out the passenger side window.

But after Michael Light handed the footage to firm PoliceWitness.com - which looks at motoring clips to identify offences and passed it on to police - he was shocked when Hampshire police said it would not investigated.

Mr Light, from Gosport, said: ‘I am disgusted and I support the actions taken by PoliceWitness in raising this matter particularly as the vehicle in question appears to be a taxi with a professional driver at the wheel.

He added: ‘How the police believe no action is warranted beggars belief.’

Mr Light said a written response from Hampshire police said: ‘It has been decided that no further police action will be taken. Under our current policy Hampshire constabulary will not be investigating incidents of this nature unless there is a significant threat to public safety or if the vehicle is a known repeat offender.’

Chairman of PoliceWitness.com Matt Stockdale said: ‘I am gravely concerned that Hampshire police do not recognise the significant danger to this poor child and that the driver at the time has not even received a warning, my concerns are that the deepening financial cuts are having dire consequences on the decisions being made by the police.’

He said he has written to the soon-to-be new chief constable Olivia Pinkney with his concerns.

A Hampshire police spokesman said: ‘There are no offences that are clear within this footage, the age of the person is also not clear.’