Internal communications is, quite rightly, regarded as a very serious business.
And on the odd occasion when IC goes badly wrong, the fallout can be difficult.
But rarely does an internal comms fail happen in such spectacular fashion that a car is blown up as a result.
Cumbria Police cited ‘an internal communications error’ as the reason why a controlled explosion was carried out on a ‘suspicious’ car.
Bomb squad officers carried out the explosion outside Workington police station in February after concerns were voiced about a Vauxhall Corsa parked outside.
However it turned out colleagues had parked the car outside the station after helping its owner, who had been taken ill.
The gaffe cost £2,000, according to BBC News. This includes repairs and recovery of the car, as well as overtime costs in connection with the incident.
A force spokesperson told BBC News with “information known at the time, appropriate action was taken with public safety prioritized.”
The forced intended to “ensure this does not happen again,” he said.
An IC fail can indeed have unintentional, not to mention serious, repercussions – just ask Vauxhall.
An IC faux pas saw news of the French car manufacturer PSA Group‘s £1.9 billion purchase of General Motors’ European unit, which includes Vauxhall, leak in the press.
However they had not told the staff involved – sparking anger among employees amid concerns over job security and pensions.