776 complaints against Dungannon police

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Almost 800 allegations have been made against police in Dungannon in the last five years, a new report published by the Police Ombudsman has revealed.

According to the report, a total of 776 allegations about the local force has been made to the Police Ombudsman’s office since 2009.

The figure is almost double the number of complaints for the Cookstown (392) and Magherafelt (362) districts over the same period.

However, the total number of complaints has dropped from a high of 159 in 2011 to 115 last year.

The greatest proportion of claims alleged oppressive behaviour, but there was also a rise in the number of complaints regarding failure of duty.

The claims also included incivility, search, unlawful/unnecessary arrest or detention and malpractice.

Across Northern Ireland, the highest number of complaints since the opening of the Police Ombudsman’s office in 2000 was recorded against officers last year.