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Police correct their way out website

Oxford Mail: Len Lambe, 72, with daughter-in-law Saifon Lambe Len Lambe, 72, with daughter-in-law Saifon Lambe

COMPUTER users relying on technology to get them to Abingdon Police Station were left baffled when they used the force’s own website.

People clicking on to the Thames Valley Police website found themselves directed to a cul-de-sac half a mile away instead.

For directions the site linked to Microsoft search engine Bing’s mapping service.

Len Lambe, 72, the owner of Lambridge Finance at The Chestnuts, spotted the anomaly.

Mr Lambe, who has lived in Abingdon for 30 years, said: “While knowing precisely where Abingdon Police Station is, I thought I would check out this wonderful new Internet facility.”

Rather than heading to the distinctive tall building, opposite McDonald’s, with the tilted greenhouse in the roof, the directions ended up in Eyston Way. After the issue was raised by the Oxford Mail, police changed the link to Google Maps instead.

Police spokesman Adam Fisher said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this caused, however, Thames Valley Police is not responsible for the results search engines use to identify postcodes. “We are putting a temporary solution in place and will contact both Bing and Google to address the issue.”

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12:35pm Sat 17 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

Let's hope the new Thames Valley Police Commissioner doesn't have to depend upon the Internet to find the Abingdon and other Police Stations, and that the 'fix' works for his Patch!
Let's hope the new Thames Valley Police Commissioner doesn't have to depend upon the Internet to find the Abingdon and other Police Stations, and that the 'fix' works for his Patch! Myron Blatz
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2:40pm Sat 17 Nov 12

SamSpinx says...

"Thames Valley Police is not responsible for the results search engines use to identify postcodes."

So they were only responsible for posting the link, not testing it?
"Thames Valley Police is not responsible for the results search engines use to identify postcodes." So they were only responsible for posting the link, not testing it? SamSpinx
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12:11am Sun 18 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

Should have gone to Spec Servers! People in IT should have seen this coming - though anyone using Googlemaps will know sat pix are years out of date, and that many satnavs for cars are a joke - though may not seem funny, when directed miles off-course! Wonder how people found their way before satnav and the Internet ......
Should have gone to Spec Servers! People in IT should have seen this coming - though anyone using Googlemaps will know sat pix are years out of date, and that many satnavs for cars are a joke - though may not seem funny, when directed miles off-course! Wonder how people found their way before satnav and the Internet ...... Myron Blatz
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