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Police continue to investigate sergeant accused of abusing his position over Issac Nash skatepark

Sgt Austen Brook submitted objection letter to Kirklees Council

Isaac Nash
Isaac Nash

Police are continuing to investigate whether a Holmfirth sergeant attempted to use his position to influence a council decision over plans for a skate park in memory of Isaac Nash.

Sgt Austen Brook made a representation to Kirklees Council ahead of a planning meeting to determine the application for a skate park at Highburton recreation ground.

In the submission Sgt Brook said he had “trawled” the police incident computer system, known as STORM, and found that crime and anti-social behaviour was a “clear and evident” issue in the area.

He also said the geography and layout of the proposed site went against the principles of crime prevention through environmental design.

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Sgt Brook’s submission was headed: “Report from Police Sergeant Austen Brook” and was signed off “PS Brook, Rural Patrol Team 4, Holmfirth Police Station.”

The letter was sent to Kirklees Council but, once alerted to it, West Yorkshire Police sent a senior officer to a meeting of the Heavy Woollen planning sub-committee to withdraw it.

West Yorkshire Police had, in fact, given the plans their approval.

The plans were submitted by the Isaac Nash Trust after the community raised £100,000 following the death of 12-year-old Isaac who was tragically swept to sea during a family holiday to Anglesey in August 2014.

On the allegations against Sgt Brook, a West Yorkshire Police spokesman said: “The matter remains a live ongoing investigation and as such we are unable to comment further at this stage on the case.”

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