Law falls foul of cycle repair rules

14 December 2010
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14 December 2010 | Angeline Albert 

Police officers in Lambeth have been ticked off for breaking the Metropolitan Police's procurement rules for bike repairs.

Instead of taking bicycles with buckled back wheels and worn brakes into their local police station to report damage and get them fixed, officers took pushbikes directly to the repair shop.

The maverick spend left supplier Brixton Cycles with unpaid bills for bike maintenance because officers had not gone through the proper channels.

The contract set up by Met police purchasing staff with Brixton Cycles is that officers hand in damaged bicycles at a police station and they are then sent on. There are 100 police bikes in Lambeth.

A statement from the Met police said: “Officers in Lambeth have been reminded of the correct procurement process to follow when obtaining goods and services from Brixton Cycles and all other goods/service providers. There are no outstanding invoices for Brixton Cycles.”

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