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Stephen Graham (inset) and Patricia Gallan

A former Merseyside Police Chief has spoken out of her portrayal in the Rhys Jones murder drama Little Boy Blue.

Patricia Gallan, who was assistant chief constable of the force at the time of the schoolboy’s murder, slammed the production’s version of events – which she says is “simply wrong”.

However the programme makers say Little Boy Blue is based on “extensive research” and depicts the officers featured “fairly”.

The former Merseyside Police officer is now the assistant commissioner for specialist crime and operations at the Metropolitan Police.

ITV’s Little Boy Blue shows Patricia Gallan (Sara Powell) repeatedly pressuring Dave Kelly (Stephen Graham), the senior investigating officer in the case, to charge those they believe are responsible for Rhys’s murder.

However Kelly, played by Liverpudlian actor Stephen Graham, is shown sticking to his guns and waiting to build a case against Sean Mercer (Paddy Rowan) and the ‘Croxteth Crew’ – much to the annoyance of Gallan.

Scenes in the final episode show Gallan confirming to Kelly that his promotion would not be made permanent – despite the fact he solved the case and brought those involved to justice.

Speaking out about the drama, Pat Gallan said that many details around her portrayal are “simply wrong” and that they should “not be taken as fact”.

She said: “The ITV programme is a drama and although based on a real event the details by their very nature are dramatised and should not be taken as fact.

“Indeed, much of the drama concerning my character is simply wrong. Crucially, my briefings were with the detective chief superintendent in the case and not Dave Kelly.

Speaking about the drama, the real Pat Gallan said that many details around her portrayal are “simply wrong” and that they should “not be taken as fact”.

She explained: “The ITV programme is a drama and although based on a real event the details by their very nature are dramatised and should not be taken as fact.

“Indeed, much of the drama concerning my character is simply wrong. Crucially, my briefings were with the detective chief superintendent in the case and not Dave Kelly.

“There was a whole command structure involved in this case, not a single detective, and all of us wanted to see justice for Rhys’ family and the people of Merseyside.

“As this is a story concerning the most tragic loss of a young boy’s life and out of respect for the family I will not comment any further on this programme.”

Pat Gallan | Image: Dave Kendall

Her comments come after viewers commented on Social Media about how the TV version of her came across in the four-part mini-series.

Tom Wells tweeted: “Deeply unflattering portrait of the ‘talents’ of Pat Gallan, Hogan-Howe’s most loyal aide both on Merseyside and The Met, in Little Boy Blue.”

Twitter user @DeafGeordie said: “Really annoyed at the top dog police woman on Little Boy Blue. Wanting people without evidence – yeah, let the case fall apart in court.”

Another viewer added: “That head police woman on Little Boy Blue is SO annoying. Meddling management.”

An ITV spokesman said: “Little Boy Blue is a drama based on extensive research with the Jones family and many others involved in the case. We are satisfied that it depicts the officers involved in the murder investigation fairly”.

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