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Public asked: 'Can we trust the police?'

A poll for ITV’s Tonight programme asked 2,000 people for their views on the police. Among the findings were:

  • 39% say they believe there is a problem of corruption within the police.
  • 30% say they now trust police less since controversies like 'Plebgate', Jimmy Savile and Mark Duggan.
  • 20% say they don't believe the police are on their side.
  • 19% didn't have confidence in the police when they came into contact with them.
  • 18% would hesitate to report or would definitely not report an issue to the police.
  • 44% were satisfied with the police response when they came into contact with them, and 16 per cent were actively dissatisfied.

Watch Can We Trust The Police? On ITV at 7.30pm tonight.

Man awarded compensation after police officer attack

Peter Garrigan took the police to court after he was assaulted by an officer at a train station in Liverpool. Officers then fabricated evidence against him to make Peter appear the guilty party.

Peter was arrested and taken to a police station, before being issued with a fixed penalty notice, alleging he’d used abusive and threatening behaviour. Last November, Peter was awarded £13,000 in compensation.

He told ITV Tonight: "He grabbed me without any warning that he was going to grab me, hurled me to the corner, and then he attacks me. He’s punching me. I don't know if I am going to end up unconscious, if he’s going to take it too far...

"Everything they said in court wasn’t matching up with the other statements off the other officers. Like each one was giving a different story. So they made lies up against me to make me look guilty, to explain their situation, why they acted the way they acted.

"It should have just been me and my brother enjoying the night and then going home at the end of it. Instead I get attacked by a violent police officer."

Watch Can We Trust The Police? On ITV at 7.30pm tonight.

Two-fifths believe corruption a problem within police

Two-fifths of the public believe corruption is now a problem within the police, according to a new survey conducted for ITV.

Two fifths of the British public believe there is a problem with corruption within the police. Credit: Press Association

In addition, a third of the public said they trust police less in the wake of incidents such as the Plebgate affair, Mark Duggan's shooting and the unmasking of Jimmy Savile as a serial sex offender, the poll for ITV's Tonight programme Can We Trust The Police? showed.

The survey of 2,000 people, conducted by OnePoll, found one in five say they do not believe the police are on their side, while 18% of people said they would hesitate to report or would definitely not report an issue to the police.

The show, which goes out at 7.30pm tonight, features an interviews with Peter Garrigan, 26, who took the police to court after he was assaulted by an officer at a railway station in Liverpool.

Watch Can We Trust The Police? On ITV at 7.30pm tonight.

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