Police apology after photo error
PUBLISHED: 11:37 26 January 2006 | UPDATED: 09:30 06 May 2010
POLICE officers who wrongly arrested two men and released their photos to media have apologised. Brothers Sena and Elon Fafa from Stevenage had their photos released publicly as part of the Hertfordshire Constabulary s rogues gallery. The students, who
POLICE officers who wrongly arrested two men and released their photos to media have apologised.
Brothers Sena and Elon Fafa from Stevenage had their photos released publicly as part of the Hertfordshire Constabulary's rogues' gallery.
The students, who go to the University of Hertfordshire in Hatfield, were caught on CCTV in Currys in London Road, Stevenage, on December 12, 2004 while shopping.
Their photos then appeared on posters and in local press last August standing next to another man who police want to question in relation to the use of a stolen credit card.
The men were identified to police and arrested on suspicion of obtaining property by deception. After that detectives realised that the two men had nothing to do with the crime they were in custody for.
Det Sgt Karen Hussey, who has been investigating the crime, said: "These two men are completely innocent of any involvement in the incident at Currys and just happened to be walking near a man who is thought to have committed the offence.
"I would like to apologise to them for the embarrassment that the release of their photos and their subsequent arrest has caused. We are still trying to trace another man, who has no connection to Sena and Elon, in relation to the use of the stolen card.