Police express their regret over wrongful arrest of Elland man

Mohammed Bashir, from Elland, wrongly arrested in West Yorkshire and taken to court in Glasgow.
Mohammed Bashir, from Elland, wrongly arrested in West Yorkshire and taken to court in Glasgow.
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West Yorkshire Police say they regret their involvement in the arrest of Mohammed Bashir and have confirmed a senior officer will meet him in person after he was wrongly arrested and sent to court in Glasgow.

Mr Bashir, from Elland, was only identified as the wrong ma after appearing in court in Scotland after being arrested in Calderdale.

The incident was raised earlier this week by Calder Valley MP Craig Whittaker in Prime Minister’s Questions,

Assistant Chief Constable Mark Milsom said: “Mr Bashir was an entirely innocent party and has been wrongfully arrested and detained in custody. However West Yorkshire Police were not responsible for the error that led to his arrest, with our subsequent actions being conducted unaware of the error and in good faith. We have responded to Mr Bashir’s solicitors outlining the circumstances and suggesting they may wish to raise the matter further with Police Scotland.

“Although we may not have been responsible for Mr Bashir’s distressing experience, we very much regret our involvement and a senior officer will be meeting with him personally.”