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BRITAIN's police watchdog blasted official handling of a case in which an innocent man was jailed for more than three years for a crime he did not commit.
Warren Blackwell, 40, was jailed in 1999 for a sex attack outside a social club. He was released in 2003 and his conviction was quashed on appeal in 2006, after new evidence undermined the credibility of the complainant.
A report published by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) unveiled a catalogue of errors made by Northamptonshire Police, in central England, that contributed to the miscarriage of justice.
Northamptonshire Police Deputy Chief Constable Derek Talbot apologised to Blackwell in person earlier this week.
But Mr Blackwell said it was "too little, too late".
"At the end of the day it was just a token gesture," he said.
"It's been frustrating, the length of time it has taken to draw a line under it, and I don't think I'm quite there yet."
He said the IPCC report was "damning" and that he was taking legal advice on whether or not to bring a damages claim against the force.