ICE DIRECTOR General Tom Foulkes was this week 'delighted' to receive a written apology from London Transport Police's chief constable Ian Johnston for his arrest and detention for carrying an offensive weapon last November (NCE 23 November 2006).
Foulkes had been part of an ICE delegation to Paris when he was detained at Waterloo Eurostar terminal for carrying a 50mm knife, part of a credit card sized tool-kit.
Following a review of the evidence, Johnston sent Foulkes a personal letter of apology, a cheque for £15 to cover taxi fares, and returned the blade.
'I must admit to being both relieved and delighted, ' said Foulkes. 'The Chief Constable's rigorous review of the circumstances, and the fairness of his ndings, have restored my faith in British policing.' Foulkes had been issued with a formal caution for carrying an offensive weapon, and detained at Tottenham Court Road police station for five hours. He described the arrest as, 'bizarre, ' and wrote a letter of complaint to The Times.
Foulkes has now invited Johnston to dinner, to thank him personally.
He deserves congratulation and public recognition for having the courage to correct an error, ' said Foulkes.