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Police apologise to man they forgot about

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 31/03/2017

Police have apologised to a man who was left forgotten about in the court cells in Masterton for a weekend in January.

The man appeared in court on a Saturday morning on a breach of bail charge and was granted bail by the sitting justice of the peace but was left in the cells until Monday morning, the Wairarapa Times-Age reported in January.

On Friday Wairarapa Area Commander, Inspector Donna Howard, said an investigation had determined genuine human error and a lack of clear communication occurred.

"The staff involved are extremely regretful of the error and fully acknowledge the distress caused to the man.

"I personally met with the man and his wife earlier this week to provide them with the outcome of the investigation and to formally apologise," she said.

"On this occasion we fell below the standards of service rightly expected of us."

Insp Howard says more robust measures are now in place.

Police have also been in regular dialogue with the Independent Police Conduct Authority, and say the authority will continue to monitor the progress being made.

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