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Serious Assaults on British Police Officers August 13th 2019
There were 10,399 serious assaults on British police officers at work in the last 12 months, representing a 37% rise, according to official figures.
Mainstream media and police officialdom explain this as a sign of increasing violence, which it may be to some extent. But these people are always tardy when it comes to explaining why Britain is more violent. I don’t think it is due to lack of police officers or that more stop and search will make much difference.
Stop and search has always been problematic in the post World War Two era. This has much to do with issues of policing predominantly immigrant communities. From the get go, white police officers revealed issues with Britain’s black communities.
Modern police training may be high on the PCs having PC jargon, but poor hard pressed immigrant and working class white communities tend to disttrust the police as they struggle to make a living and survive. During the 1985 Coal Miners strike, Metropolitan Police officers ridiculed striking miners on the picket line by waving their overtime pay slips at them.
My cousin was a police sergeant based in a coal mining area, Stoke on Trent. Those were dark days and a Thatcher revolution for the police and so much else.
Being a graduate is not what it used to be, with even remedial students getting on the continous assessment courses, and many subjects low on intellectual requirements.
However, simple minded students, flourshing their credentials will be welcome in Boris Johnson’s ‘New Model Army’ of police officers, possibly over confident and not helped by a police training programme which, for many years, has encouraged the police to keep emotional distance from the public- unless they are rich members of the public. That is why the police officers involved in Plebgate were so upset when a toff from the government did not show them respect.
Mainstream media and police top brass milking the terrible assaults on two police officers in the last few days, claiming all cops are heroes is not going to help. On a day to day basis lower class people are treated abrasively by the police. Corruption at high level and cover ups are also issues in a system wide open for insider abuse.
This website does not condone crime of any kind, least of all violence towards anyone, but the police are not little white knights in shining armour. They are well paid officials who like asking questions , working on the new princiole of guilty until proven guilty, but they are very shy about answering questions about their conduct and misconduct. They routinely withold evidence, to get convictions and meet targets.
The new Independent Office for Police Conduct is just a revamp of the old IPCC nd is no more than a mailing service for the police.
Met Police chief Cressida Dick calls on social media giants to remove Drill music videos that ‘glamourise’ gang life to quell London’s tide of violence
- The Scotland Yard chief calls on social media giants to remove Drill music videos
- She says they have a ‘social responsibility’ to take down clips from the internet
- The Met Police boss says they have a ‘terrible effect’ on the rise in violent crime
- Drill is a hip hop sub-genre and is said by campaigners to be fuelling gang wars
Published: 12:38, 18 May 2018 | Updated: 15:54, 18 May 2018
Scotland Yard chief Cressida Dick has today called on social media giants to remove so called ‘Drill’ music videos that she says ‘glamourises’ violent crime.
The Metropolitan Police commissioner said they have a ‘social responsibility’ to take down the videos that she insists has ‘terrible effect’ on the surge in knife and gun attacks.
Drill music, a hip hop sub genre, is said by campaigners to be fuelling gang wars in London, as they taunt rivals with boasts about killings, drugs and guns.
Hundreds of videos on YouTube feature rappers threatening and provoking others from rival areas.
The Metropolitan Police commissioner so called ‘Drill’ music is having a ‘terrible affect’ on the rise in violent crime Cressida Dick calls on social media to remove drill music
Speaking to presenter Nick Ferrari on a phone in on LBC today, Ms Dick said she ‘recognised’ the impact drill music was having on the violent crime wave blighting the capital in recent months.
She said also said was ‘sure’ cuts to police budgets have had an impact on the increase in violent crime, and said she hopes to recruit another 500 extra officers over the next year.
Ms Dick, Britain’s most senior police officer, said that drill music has ‘lyrics which glamourise violence, serious violence, murder, stabbings.’
She added: ‘They describe stabbing with great detail, and great joy, obscene violence against women.
‘They taunt each other and say what they are go.
‘I am working closely with social media companies to work out what they can do about this.
Drill music, a hip hop sub genre, is said by campaigners to be feulling gang wars in London, as they taunt rivals with boasts about killings, drugs and guns
Hundreds of videos on YouTube feature rappers threatening and provoking others from rival areas
‘For us, if its against the law, it’s against the law and it ought to be taken down.
‘If it is inciting or glamourising violence, then we think they have a social responsibility to work with us to take those videos down.
‘There is a counter argument, of ‘this is just music’..but I think it has a terrible affect.’
London’s death toll from violent crime has now hit 63 since the start of the year, of which 40 have involved knives, and ten were gun related.
Earlier this month the death of aspiring rapper Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton (pictured) was linked to drill music after it emerged he had recorded and uploaded a video to YouTube challenging a rival group before he was shot dead
In the first three months of this year 45 murders were recorded, compared to the first quarter of 2017 when there were 23.
An urgent investigation into the violent crime wave in the capital was launched by the Police and Crime Committee of the London Assembly – and Mayor Sadiq Khan has been urged to ‘take hold of the situation’.
Ms Dick said it can be difficult to identify who might be targeted next despite the presence of the drill videos all over sites like YouTube.
She said: ‘The person on the receiving ends of the taunts never comes to us and tells us they have been threatened in this way.
London’s death toll from violent crime has now hit 63 since the start of the year, of which 40 have involved knives, and ten were gun related
Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton (right) was a member of the masked Moscow17 crew from Kennington promoted by former BBC DJ Tim Westwood
‘Sometimes it is code. We are constantly responding to these things. Very often we get out there and try and search the people involved.
‘But we need evidence to get these people locked up. What they say on the video may not be sufficient for a criminal charge.’
Earlier this month the death of aspiring rapper Rhyhiem Ainsworth Barton, 17, was linked to drill music.
It emerged he had recorded and uploaded a video to YouTube challenging a rival group a month before he was shot dead. So far there have been no arrests over his death.
Westwood (left) has denied profiting from promoting drill music on his YouTube channel, and says he has ‘absolutely no knowledge of any alleged gang affiliation’
He was shot and killed in Kennington, south London, and was believed to be a member of Moscow17, a group which often had rap battles with rival Peckham crew called Zone 2.
In a track titled City Of God, Rhyhiem – who rapped under the name GB – is believed to have challenged Zone 2 by asking ‘how you gonna make it even’.
The video, which was removed from YouTube by Moscow17 but uploaded again by another user following Rhyhiem’s death, was the most recent in several ‘drill’ battles between the two groups.
THE ‘DRILL’ RAP MUSIC FUELLING GANG VIOLENCE IN LONDON
‘Drill’ music, a hip-hop subgenre, is driving the feuding gang war in London, community leaders have warned.
Hundreds of videos on YouTube feature UK rappers threatening and provoking people from rival areas.
To ‘drill’ means to fight or scrap and the violent lyrics focus on gang life, drugs, guns and killing.
In one video viewed nearly three million times, rapper Digga D boasts about having to bleach his knife after using it to attack someone.
In another, entitled ‘Mummy’s Kitchen’, rappers Loski and Mayski, who are thought to be Londoners, boast about taking a blade from the family home.
In the videos, which are filmed across the city, performers take care to ensure their faces are covered.
Their violent rivalry is evident in another track where Moscow17 – who occasionally used the nickname ‘the Russians’ – told their rivals to ‘check the scoreboard’.
Zone 2 responded with a video telling their opposition they will ‘roll up and burst them’.
Since he was killed, a montage video of him rapping alongside fellow Moscow17 members has been uploaded to YouTube and viewed more than 29,000 times.
Comments below the video say Rhyhiem ‘jinxed himself’ by challenging the rival crew in the City Of God rap just four weeks before he was killed.
Rhyhiem also appeared alongside DJ Tim Westwood last year in a rap video viewed on YouTube more than 170,000 times.
Westwood called Moscow17 ‘legendary’ before they rapped about ‘splashing’ rivals – slang for stabbing someone repeatedly until they pour with blood – and bragged the gang is ‘known for capping’ its enemies – street language for shooting someone.
Westwood has denied profiting from promoting drill music on his YouTube channel.
In a statement he said: ‘The artists featured on TimWestwoodTV are rap groups and we have absolutely no knowledge of any alleged gang affiliation’.
He also paid tribute to Rhyhiem, calling him a ‘very talented young artist’, but denied he knew that he was involved in the world of South London gangs.
In the interview with Mr Ferrari, she said also said she is ‘sure’ cuts to police budgets have had an impact on the increase in violent crime.
And she said she is hoping to recruit at least 500 extra officers using a £110 million boost to the force’s budget announced by London Mayor Sadiq Khan.
She said: ‘I’m hoping that we will get to well over 30,500 officers – more than 500 more than we currently have by the end of next year.
Asked by a caller if cuts to policing were to blame for the spike in violent crime, Ms Dick said: ‘We are definitely seeing an increase and I think there’s lots of reasons for it.
‘There’s a connection … to the drugs markets and what’s going on with those, undoubtedly.
‘Obviously, some changes in people’s financial and economic circumstances that affect all kinds of things which have a direct or indirect effect on young people.
‘We are seeing the glamorisation of violence, we are seeing social media being used to taunt other gangs, to bring violence about very quickly.
‘There’s a whole load of things, but of course I would be naive to say that the reduction in police finances over the last few years, not just in London but beyond, hasn’t had an impact.
‘I’m sure it’s had an impact. It’s part of the issue, and that’s why I’m very grateful for the new money that we’ve got, which we are getting on and investing on recruiting new people and I think it will help.’
Editorial: If only life were that simple Cressida. But you at least recognise the link with black youth culture. Still there are cause and effect issues here and there are always other sources of energy for this behaviour, musical or otherwise.
I began my teaching career in South London in the 1970s. Gangs and criminal behaviour were extant even then. Multi culturalism and overloading what passes for infrastructure encourages educational failure- unless not teaching anything worthwhile is the system’s goal- has done a lot for this social quagmire.
Back in the 1970s the liberal lefty do gooders were up in arms about police officers using the old ‘sus laws’ These laws gave officers the right to stop and search if they saw a person do three overtly suspicious acts. Of course officers sometimes over reacted and abused.
From the police constable’s perspective it was a case of damned if they did and damned if they didn’t. But my ‘liberal’ white colleagues did not see it like that. They virtue signalled by telling the black kids about them descending from slaves and white racists abusing them.
At the time, I had short hair and wore a suit- just like any good white racist/fascist was stereotyped to do. However, back in my student days, as you can see on this site, I had long hair. Inevitably I was stopped and searched. I never saw it as racism. I was well aware that drug taking was rife among my white upper middle class contemporaries.
As we have learned from Michael Gove’s confession, that class still do Class A drugs. Cressida Dick, who means well ( I don’t like senior police officers as a rule ) caused outrage by stating how much these respectable professionals fuel the drug trade, making it very lucrative.
At the end of the day, this should not be seen as a police problem. It is social. For the police to be effective there has to be trust, consensus and cooperation.
Arrogant police leadership, with too many perks and benefits, leads to corrupt promotion systems and self perpetuating incompetence. But even if it was not like this, it woulddn’t matter how many new officers were recruited, the social and economic issues will remain.
More officers on the streets of London or anywhere else in the U.K is a sign of system failure. The police will confront no go areas, as they did many years ago with the Tottenham Riots and the murder of ex teacher PC Keith Blakelock. Later came the Brixton Riots. This was more than enough to kill my ambition to be a police officer. One wonders what make of man or woman will want to be one of the new 20,000.
Robert Cook August 1st 2019
Top woman cop’s new sexism war with old force – over night out with ‘drunk’ officer
- Sue Sim was on a night out with a fellow female officer in Edinburgh
- Ms Sim’s friend was alleged to have been ‘drunk and disorderly’ by police
- Her friend was questioned by British Transport Police at Waverley station
- Ms Sim’s friend received a verbal warning and was allowed to ‘sleep it off’
Published: 01:16, 13 September 2015 | Updated: 02:30, 13 September 2015
A former Chief Constable is at the centre of an extraordinary row with her old police force after a night on the town with a female officer who was accused of being drunk and disorderly.
Sue Sim was enjoying an evening in Edinburgh with the serving Northumbria Police officer when her friend had too much to drink and was questioned by British Transport Police at a railway station.
The mid-ranking serving officer, who has not been named, was given a verbal warning but was allowed to go home to sleep it off after Mrs Sim intervened.
Sue Sim, pictured, intervened after a friend and fellow officer who was alleged to be ‘drunk and disorderly’
Last night, Mrs Sim, best known for leading the hunt for gunman Raoul Moat, told of her fury after discovering that a top-level disciplinary inquiry had been launched into what she believes was a minor indiscretion. She believes it is the force’s way of getting back at her after her career ended amid toxic allegations of bullying and sexism.
‘I feel terribly sorry for the officer involved because I believe that had that officer not been with me at the time, it would not have been the same position,’ she said.
The former Chief Constable’s relationship with her old force has been strained since she was accused earlier this year of bullying male colleagues by giving them Alex Ferguson-style ‘hairdryer treatments’. She was cleared of misconduct but chose to retire to spend more time with her family. She later accused male officers of treating her differently because she is a woman – but says her complaint has been dismissed by Northumbria Police.
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The Mail on Sunday can reveal that she is now demanding three policing watchdogs investigate her sexism claims. Mrs Sim said: ‘My gender has been an issue in relation to the complaints against me but the Chief Constable is refusing to look at those. Yet he has an external force inquiry for a matter of simple drunkenness.
‘I’ve put in my statement that I thought it was appalling that it was being considered as gross misconduct and I believed that that was because the officer happened to be present with me.’
Mrs Sim, 53, retired from Northumbria on June 3 after a 30-year career in policing. A few weeks later on June 30, the married mother of two was enjoying the night out in Edinburgh city centre with the woman from her old force.
The alleged incident, said to have taken place in June, happened in Edinburgh’s Waverley station, pictured
The serving officer had been drinking, but her condition is said to have been made worse by her being on antibiotics. She was questioned by British Transport Police on the concourse of Waverley railway station after an officer standing by a pasty shop spotted the woman looked ‘intoxicated’, and she was eventually handed a verbal warning.
Mrs Sim was not arrested and insists that she remained sober as the BTP officer let her look after her friend.
But she was shocked to discover later that the Northumbria officer has since had gross misconduct proceedings started against her, which could result in her dismissal.
The case is being taken so seriously that it is being handled by an external force, Cumbria, although the officer has not been suspended.
Mrs Sim has now submitted a statement to the disciplinary case and may speak out against Northumbria Police in person if it reaches a public hearing. It is thought that investigators asked for CCTV of the railway station incident.
By contrast, Mrs Sim has failed to get her successor Steve Ashman to launch any sort of investigation into the officers who made the unproven bullying allegations against her.
She claims the force has rejected her complaints, so she has written to Northumbria’s Police and Crime Commissioner Vera Baird, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary and the Independent Police Complaints Commission, asking them to intervene.
A spokesman for Northumbria said: ‘We can confirm that a serving Northumbria Police officer is subject to an ongoing misconduct inquiry arising from an incident at Waverley station.’
The force declined to comment on Mrs Sim’s claims.
Editorial Comment : British Police corruption knows no limits and the police know why they are of such interest to this website.
Top cop’s fury at her own police force after daughter’s rape case hell
Sue Sim claimed Northumbria Police mistreated her girl and failed to act properly after she reported a sex attack
By Dan Warburton
- 22:00, 12 NOV 2016
A high-profile former chief constable has lodged a complaint against her old force, accusing its officers of mishandling her daughter’s rape case.
Sue Sim claimed Northumbria Police mistreated her girl and failed to act properly after she reported a sex attack.
She revealed a uniformed male officer in high-vis jacket turned up at the family home on Father’s Day to give daughter Charlotte a witness summons.
Mrs Sim is the retired chief constable who famously oversaw the hunt for gunman Raoul Moat before allegations of bullying ended her 30-year career.
Her claims came after the force had to reopen 54 rape cases when a report found scores of complaints by women may not have been properly investigated.
And in an emotional interview daughter Charlotte, 22, today waives her right to anonymity to talk about her ordeal.
She says she was driven to attempt suicide by the stress of her ordeal and the “bogus” allegations against her mother.
Charlotte, a forensic psychology student in Cheltenham, Glos, said: “I drank two bottles of wine and swallowed a concoction of pills. I was really poorly and the next day my friends took me to hospital.
“At that point I didn’t care, I was literally at breaking point, I was done reading all these things about my mother in the paper.
“I was able to deal with the rape in my own way, but couldn’t handle the stuff with mum at the same time, it was too much.”
Charlotte went to police in Scotland in May 2014 to report being attacked. Police Scotland investigated but when fragile Charlotte moved back to Newcastle she was assigned a sexual offences liaison officer by Northumbria Police.
Months later, Mrs Sim broke down during a meeting with senior officers over her conduct and told them Charlotte had been sexually attacked.
And it was just days after Mrs Sim resigned amid claims of sexism and bullying that the uniformed officer turned up at the family home.
Mrs Sim criticised the decision to send the officer to the house.
And she also said senior officers failed to register her complaint about Charlotte’s treatment for more than 12 months – meaning her family are still awaiting the outcome of an internal probe.
In a letter to Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenan, Mrs Sim, 54, wrote: “I complained about the treatment my daughter received at the hands of Northumbria Police and that I believed the treatment was part of the continued victimisation of me by senior officers.
“She was extremely upset because a uniform male constable had come to the house.
“She was upset this could potentially have made her reveal the rape to us, had she not already done so.”
Charlotte and her sister were making dinner for dad John, 58, when the officer visited.
Charlotte said: “It was Father’s Day, it was a Sunday, and I was making dinner for my dad.
“Me and Mum were sat in the kitchen with a bottle of champagne open.
“My little sister came running through saying there’s a uniformed officer at the door. She was obviously upset.
“My parents thought I’d done something wrong. He came into the house and said ‘Hello Ma’am’ to my mum.
“We went through to the lounge and he gave me the summons.
“He left and I was pretty upset – it was a male uniformed police officer at a time when we were celebrating Father’s Day, it was just very uncomfortable and distressing.
A lot of victims don’t tell their families, don’t tell their friends – and that’s completely their choice.
“But having a police officer come like that, what choice would you have in that situation? Had I not already told my parents, I would have been forced to tell them.
“That makes me feel sick.
“I’m not sure if the police did that to cause the most amount of embarrassment possible to me and my mum, or if that’s protocol.
“I honestly would prefer that they turned round and said, ‘We did do it to embarrass you’, rather than know other victims were being treated like that.
“If this is normal procedure then there is a significantly bigger problem.”
Charlotte’s rape allegations eventually went to a four-day trial in Scotland a year ago.
She spent two days in the witness stand, but the man was cleared of rape. He was found guilty on charges of voyeurism and sexual assault.
Charlotte said: “It was on a night out and I was drunk. It was made clear that rape cases are notoriously hard to prosecute. That’s fair enough, it has to be a fair system. But all this with Northumbria Police has had a real impact on me.
“I still take anti-depressants now. Every time there’s a development with Mum’s case she ends up in tears.
“Everyone keeps saying, ‘Why does your mum not let it go?’ But it’s out of genuine concern for female officers and victims within Northumbria.”
In September representatives from the Professional Standards team of Northumbria Police visited the family to discuss Charlotte’s treatment.
But after Mrs Sim contacted Deputy Chief Constable Keenan directly, he replied: “It would be inappropriate for me to make comment about the way Northumbria Police officers have dealt with the process of informing Charlotte of the need to attend court.
“That will be addressed by the investigation surrounding the complaints you have made, but I did want you to know how sad I am Charlotte has been upset in the course of what has happened, irrespective of where any criticism may subsequently come to be levelled.”
A Northumbria Police spokesman said the summons had been sent by Police Scotland.
The spokesman added: “The summons comes to the nearest local station and an officer is sent out as part of their daily duties to deliver it.
“Witness summons received on behalf of the Scottish courts do not identify the nature of the offence and so the officer does not know what that summons refers to.”
He said “supporting victims of crime and protecting vulnerable people are at the heart of everything we do”.
Charlotte now wants to use her degree in forensic psychology to shape policy in the handling of rape victims.
She said: “I really wanted to work in a prison but after everything I’ve been through I would like to be involved in the policy side of issues in the police, such as rape victim blaming.”
Mrs Sim had a highly successful 30-year career before retiring as Northumbria Chief Constable last summer.
She oversaw the hunt for fugitive Raoul Moat after he shot his ex, killed her new partner and blinded PC David Rathband by blasting him in the face.
But Mrs Sim claims she was victim of a “sexist campaign” to end her career.
Twelve senior officers simultaneously complained she had bullied them – prompting a misconduct investigation by Joel Bennathan QC.
But the probe found Mrs Sim had no case to answer and was a compassionate leader of an outstanding force who simply had an old-fashioned and robust style of management.
Mr Bennathan said many of the complaints would not have been made against a male chief constable.
In turn, an independent probe was launched after Mrs Sim accused current Chief Constable Steve Ashman of failing to record or investigate her claims of sexism. A report rejected the allegations.
The Sim Family’s two-year nightmare
Charlotte’s nightmare began in MAY, 2014 when she was attacked on night out and reported it to Scottish police.
OCTOBER 10, 2014 Charlotte attends video ID parade – as allegations of bullying are levelled at her mother by senior officers in Northumbria Police.
MARCH 2015 Charlotte takes overdose
and blames it on strain her mother is facing. She is taken to hospital but released same day.
MAY 10, 2015 Mrs Sim alleges sexism by male colleagues.
JUNE 19, 2015 Uniformed officer arrives at Sim home to deliver court paperwork to Charlotte.
JUNE 26, 2015 Mrs Sim lodges formal complaint with Northumbria Police over handling of Charlotte’s case.
OCTOBER 2015 Man cleared of raping Charlotte but convicted of sexual assault.
JULY 27, 2016 Officers finally record Mrs Sim’s complaint over Charlotte case.
SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 Police confirm an investigation is ongoing.
54 cases revisited over cop ‘bungles’
Sue Sim’s complaint against Northumbria Police came after the force was investigated over its handling of scores of rape cases.
In August 2014 Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) discovered a raft of failings.
A total of 54 cases were reopened and detectives faced disciplinary action after it emerged scores of rape allegations were not investigated properly.
HMIC identified the force may have incorrectly “no crimed” some cases.
That means detectives decided, after investigations, that no law had been broken.
The force ordered a review going back three years – while Sue Sim was chief constable – and a team of experienced officers has checked 153 cases.
In an email to Deputy Chief Constable Winton Keenan in September, Mrs Sim said her daughter’s treatment showed the force had failed to “rectify the injustice” that existed in 2014.
She wrote: “The public would be concerned if they knew how Northumbria treated my daughter and the lack of compassion she received from senior officers.”
Stalker reports finally ‘revealed’
Truth is a concept alien to the majority of Britain’s institutionally corrupt self seeking and self important senior officers.
THE top secret reports at the centre of the infamous Stalker Affair are finally to be revealed to Northern Ireland’s chief coroner. The documents, compiled by John Stalker, Manchester’s former deputy chief constable and his successor Sir Colin Sampson, relate to claims security forces used a shoot-to-kill policy in Ulster over twenty years ago.
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top secret reports at the centre of the infamous Stalker Affair are
finally to be revealed to Northern Ireland’s chief coroner.
The documents, compiled by John Stalker, Manchester’s former deputy chief constable and his successor Sir Colin Sampson, relate to claims security forces used a shoot-to-kill policy in Ulster over twenty years ago.
John Stalker led an official investigation into the claims after the killings of several Irish republicans. But after learning MI5 had taped one of incidents and demanding the recording, he was taken off the inquiry and suspended in a move which caused public outcry.
He was reinstated and later resigned, amid conspiracy theories he had been close to uncovering murky truths that went right to the heart of government.
John Leckey, Northern Ireland’s chief coroner, yesterday told a preliminary hearing into the deaths of the six republicans and a teenager in County Armagh in 1982 that he had won the right to see the reports, which despite repeated legal attempts, have remained shrouded in secrecy until now.
He said that Northern Ireland’s chief constable Sir Hugh Orde, was allowing him to see the reports in their `entirety’, and that he was going to travel to a `secure location’ to view them.
IRA men Eugene Toman, Gervaise McKerr and John Burns were shot dead near Lurgan, County Armagh, by the Royal Ulster Constabulary in November 1982.
Later that month teenager Michael Tighe was shot dead at a hayshed near Craigavon. The next month suspected Irish National Liberation Army men Roddy Carroll and Seamus Grew were shot dead near Armagh.
Now John Leckey has access to the documents, the men’s inquests are likely to be held in 2009. The chief coroner was forced to abandon the inquests in the nineties after a previous chief constable refused him access to the Stalker and Sampson reports.
John Stalker was taken off the probe into whether there had been a shoot to kill policy in 1986 and suspended from duty. It followed false allegations that his friend, local businessman Kevin Taylor, had ties to a group of Manchester criminals dubbed the Quality Street gang.
Stalker was accused of having socialised with gangsters and charged with misconduct before managing to clear his name. Mr Taylor was ruined by the affair, but later received an out-of-court settlement of over £1m from GMP after suing them for malicious prosecution. He died in Bury in 2001.
Mr Stalker claimed, as a witness in Kevin Taylor’s High Court civil action against GMP, that his boss, former Manchester chief constable Sir James Anderton, helped him get the sack from the sensitive probe.
He pointed to Her Majesty’s Inpector of Constabulary, Sir Philip Myers and `unknown people’ from the Northern Ireland office as prime movers in the conspiracy.
Mr Leckey said that once he had read the documents it would allow him to work out what scope the inquests will follow, but accepted the inquests could stall again if Sir Hugh tried to hold back too much.
Mr Leckey is banned from showing the documents to anyone else, including lawyers representing the families of the dead men, without Sir Hugh Orde’s agreement.
Families of the men have welcomed the step forward, but have said they fear Sir Hugh may apply for Public Interest Immunity certificates to prevent the disclosure of sensitive documents. It is understood no decision has been taken on this yet.
Tommy Carroll, brother of one of the dead men, said: “We would consider this announcement today to be a very positive development after all these years – it didn’t have to take so long.”
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An undated family picture shows Brazilian electrician Jean Charles de Menezes © Menezes family © Reuters
Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights has ruled it was ‘right not to charge’ police over the 2005 shooting of Brazilian Jean Charles De Menezes.
Brazilian electrician De Menezes died in 2005 after he was pinned down by police on a London train and shot 11 times. Strasbourg’s European Court of Human Rights ruled on Wednesday that the killing was lawful.
The shooting took place nearly 11 years ago in the tense days following the 7/7 terror attacks in which 56 Londoners died. Read more ‘Brutal execution’: Jean Charles de Menezes vigil held 10yrs after counter-terror police shooting
De Menezes, 27, was pursued by armed police into Stockwell Underground Station, South London, on July 22, 2005. They allegedly believed he was a terrorist fugitive.
The electrician, who lived in the same block of flats as several of the 7/7 bombers, was shot 11 times at close range.
In a case brought by the deceased’s cousin Patricia Armani Da Silva in 2008, the court ruled the officers involved could not be charged with his murder.
She is challenging an earlier ruling by Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), which said none of the officers should face charges.
A 2006 report by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) suggested a number of command mistakes had led to the killing. It identified several instances that may constitute criminal acts, including gross negligence and murder.
However, the CPS decided not to press charges at the time, saying there was a low possibility of conviction.
A 2008 inquest rejected the official account of the killing, but returned an open verdict arguing it was not within the power of the jury to push for unlawful killing prosecutions.
Mystery still surrounds the involvement of a shadowy military Special Forces unit called the Special Reconnaissance Regiment (SRR) in the events leading up to the killing.
The unit had been tailing De Menezes. But in the immediate aftermath of the killing Whitehall sources told the Guardian their roles had been purely surveillance, and that there was “no direct military involvement in the shooting.”
The case rests on the family’s belief that the lethal force applied was unnecessary because there was no evidence against De Menezes.
Editorial Comment The Police are revered by Britain’s comfortble middle classes because there is the view, pushed by mainstream media, that they protect their property and women folk. The police rarely face justice for the crimes they cover up. Video footage of the deMendez killing mysteriously disappeared from Stockwell Tube Station and a female eye witness to the killing had her character attacked by the police. The officer ‘on the ground’ in charge of this was Cressida Dick who was almost immediately promoted, eventually getting the top Metropolitan Police job.
AMNESTY INTERNATIONALPublic StatementUK: The killing of Jean Charles de MenezesAmnesty International considers that the attempt by the Metropolitan Police Service (Met) to delay the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) from taking over the investigation into the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes was directly contrary to international human rights law and standards on the effective investigation and prevention of unlawful killings. Amnesty International is gravely concerned that this delay at the initial crucial stage of the investigation may have critically compromised its effectiveness. Relevant international and domestic law and standards require that an investigation into an incident such as the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes be carried out promptly, and that it be conducted independently and thoroughly from the very outset. The investigative authority must have the power to obtain all the information necessary to the inquiry. In light of what has transpired so far, Amnesty International is concerned these key requirements were not fulfilled. For example, the delay in the IPCC taking over the investigation may have meant that crucial evidence was destroyed or otherwise lost. The fact that the Met retained control over the investigation at the crucial initial stage runs counter to the need for it to be carried out independently of those responsible for the killing. This fact, together with the initial statements about the circumstances of the killing, attributed to the UK authorities, have given rise to allegations of a cover-up. Amnesty International has called for a prompt, thorough, independent, impartial and effective investigation into the into killing of Jean Charles de Menezes. The organization considers that all the circumstances leading up to the killing, as well as its immediate aftermath, including the above-mentioned official statements and the alleged cover-up should be investigated in a manner which strictly complies with relevant international and domestic human rights law. In particular, Amnesty International has urged that there be full public scrutiny of the actions of state agents and agencies involved, including the Met and the security services, so as to ascertain whether the killing of Jean Charles de Menezes was lawful. Specifically, the investigation should consider whether the force used was no more than absolutely necessary and a proportionate response in the circumstances.Amnesty International considers that as the IPCC carries out its investigation, it should ensure that it does so in a manner which earns and maintains the confidence of the family of the victim and of the general public that it will be effective in getting at the truth. The IPCC should ensure that the inquiry is carried out independently, impartially and thoroughly, and that it obtains all the information necessary, as required by human rights law, including, in particular, the case-law of the European Court of Human Rights under Article 2 of the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms enshrining the right to life.
On 22 July 2005, plainclothes officers shot dead Jean Charles de Menezes, a Braziliannational who had been working in the UK for the last three years. Initial police statements stated that he was a suspect linked to the bombing incidents which have taken place in London, since 52 people were killed in coordinated attacks on 7 July. However, on 24 July the Chief Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police stated categorically that Jean Charles de Menezes had no involvement in any suspicious activities, and that he had been shot dead as a result of a mistake. At the present moment, the IPCC has full control over the inquiry into the killing of Jean de Menezes.
Comment The IPCC, like its successor the IOPC, was just a mailing service for the corrupt self interested taxpayer funded British Police.
‘Nick’ police searches broke the law: Bombshell as judge behind inquiry reveals ‘perversion of justice’ and says officers got search warrants using false evidence but his findings were ignored by police watchdog
- Former judge Sir Richard Henriques said officers used false evidence to obtain search warrants to raid homes
- He also alleges in today’s Mail that the ‘course of justice was perverted with shocking consequences’
- Sir Richard wrote scathing 2016 report for Scotland Yard about £2.5million investigation into ‘Nick’s’ claims
- Last week it was confirmed that not one officer would face misconduct proceedings over the case
Published: 22:13, 29 July 2019 | Updated: 13:26, 30 July 2019
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Police broke the law in the bungled probe into VIP child abuse fantasist Nick, a former High Court judge says today.
Sir Richard Henriques said officers used false evidence to obtain search warrants to raid the homes of retired Armed Forces chief Lord Bramall, the widow of ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan and ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor and should now face a criminal investigation.
In an astonishing intervention, he tells the Daily Mail that Scotland Yard detectives did not have the right to search the properties because their description of Nick – real name Carl Beech – as a ‘consistent’ witness was false, effectively fooling a judge into granting the warrants.
He also alleges the ‘course of justice was perverted with shocking consequences’ and says he finds it astonishing that no officer has been brought to book over the fiasco. He says a ‘criminal investigation should surely follow’.
Police broke the law in the bungled probe into VIP child abuse fantasist Nick, former High Court judge Sir Richard Henriques says today. He said officers used false evidence to obtain search warrants to raid the homes of retired Armed Forces chief Lord Bramall, the widow of ex-Home Secretary Lord Brittan and ex-Tory MP Harvey Proctor and should now face a criminal investigation
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Last week it was confirmed that not one officer would face misconduct proceedings over the case, following a watchdog investigation branded a ‘whitewash’ by critics.
In 2016 Sir Richard wrote a scathing report for Scotland Yard about its £2.5million investigation into Beech’s allegations. His report, which identified 43 blunders, was heavily redacted and has never been fully made public.
But his 1,200-word statement in today’s Mail will pile pressure on ex-Metropolitan Police chief Sir Bernard, now Lord Hogan-Howe, and the officer who led Operation Midland, ex-deputy assistant commissioner Steve Rodhouse, who has been promoted to one of the top jobs in British policing.
Carl Beech, 51, has been jailed for 18 years for telling a string of lies about alleged VIP child sex abuse and serial murder
In other bombshell claims, Sir Richard:
- Says the Metropolitan Police has ‘sought to protect itself from effective outside scrutiny’ over Operation Midland;
- Alleges that during his hard-hitting 2016 investigation, the Met did not give him ‘all relevant documentation’; and
- Attacks police watchdogs for clearing two senior officers of misconduct without interviewing them.
Sir Richard’s broadside at the Met and police watchdogs comes days after vicar’s son Beech, 51, was jailed for 18 years for telling a string of lies about alleged VIP child sex abuse and serial murder.
At his ten-week trial, jurors heard the fantasist told officers that he was used as a human dartboard by the former heads of MI5 and MI6, that his dog was kidnapped by a spy chief, and that the paedophile ring shot dead his horse.
The court also heard Beech is now a convicted paedophile after child porn offences came to light when an independent police force, at Sir Richard’s behest, started investigating him on suspicion of making false claims about a murderous Establishment paedophile ring.
In the wake of his convictions last week, Scotland Yard chiefs faced intense criticism over its staggering incompetence and 16-month investigation launched on the word of a pathological liar.
But shortly after he was found guilty last Monday, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) announced three officers accused of misconduct over search warrant applications had been cleared.
The IOPC said the officers, led by senior investigating officer detective chief inspector Diane Tudway, acted ‘with due diligence and in good faith at the time’.
At his ten-week trial, jurors heard the fantasist told officers that he was used as a human dartboard by the former heads of MI5 and MI6, that his dog was kidnapped by a spy chief, and that the paedophile ring shot dead his horse
He also lambasted the watchdog for offering no explanation as to why two senior Operation Midland officers – Rodhouse and ex-detective superintendent Kenny McDonald, who called Beech ‘credible and true’ at the start of the inquiry in 2014 – were exonerated without being interviewed by watchdogs.
‘Through the device of deploying an officer with an incomplete knowledge of the investigation to sign the applications and to make the applications, the Metropolitan Police has sought to protect itself from effective outside scrutiny,’ he concluded.
Last week Met Deputy Commissioner Sir Stephen House said he believed all five officers probed by police watchdogs over Operation Midland ‘worked in good faith’.
They cooperated fully with both the Henriques’ Review and the Independent Office for Police Conduct investigations, he added.
The court was given false and misleading evidence… a criminal inquiry must now follow: Shattering verdict of Sir Richard Henriques, the top judge who ran VIP abuse case review
On Monday, July 22, the Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) published its findings into how the Metropolitan Police handled the investigation into allegations made by Carl Beech, namely that the Operation Midland officers involved in applying for search warrants acted ‘with due diligence and in good faith at the time’.
That finding is in conflict with my own finding set out in my review handed to Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, as he was then, on October 31, 2016.
Retired High Court judge Mr Justice Henriques wrote a scathing report for Scotland Yard about its £2.5million investigation into Carl Beech’s VIP paedophile allegations
That section of my review has not as yet been disclosed to the public or to those named and falsely accused by Beech, previously known by the pseudonym ‘Nick’.
I concluded in my review – and maintain the opinion – that the three search warrants authorising the searches of the homes of Lord Bramall, Lady Brittan and Harvey Proctor were obtained unlawfully.
All three applications stated that Beech had remained consistent with his allegations.
Beech had not been consistent. His allegations made to the Wiltshire Police in 2012 were fundamentally inconsistent with those he made to the Metropolitan Police in 2014 and with blogs published by Beech in 2014.
Beech told Wiltshire Police that he was first raped by an unnamed lieutenant colonel. He told the Metropolitan Police that he was first raped by his stepfather.
The identities of subsequent named alleged rapists were inconsistent. The alleged locations were inconsistent, persons allegedly present were inconsistent, the alleged accompanying acts of violence were inconsistent and Wiltshire Police were never informed of three alleged child murders.
These numerous inconsistencies were within the knowledge of those officers leading the investigation. A document highlighting Beech’s ‘inconsistencies’ was in existence prior to the application for search warrants. The Wiltshire interviews had been handed to the Metropolitan Police in May 2013.
The description of Beech as having been consistent was false and misleading and persuaded the district judge to grant the applications, as did the fact ‘that this has been considered at deputy assistant commissioner level’.
I remain unable to conclude that every officer acted with due diligence and in good faith. When the applications were made officers leading the investigation were fully aware of six matters in particular which undermined Beech’s credibility.
Editorial: The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) is absurdly named and a rebrand of the IPCC. It is taking the mickey out of the population. The police routinely mis -serve, so to use the word independent is sick.
In this case a very inadequate disturbed man gets 18 years in jail,-which he will not survive- while the conniving lying police officers took his delusions seriously, traumatising suspects, get off scott free.
I have personal experience of how the terrifying British police bully, conspire, withold/fabricate evidence, use the media to prejudice the courts, lie to courts, lock ‘suspects’ in cells to frighten and soften them up, and threaten long sentences through CPS cronies, if police victims do not plead guilty.
That is what we pay so much tax for. It is laughable that some of these obviously overfed police officers claim, through media cronies and sycophantic politcians, to be heroes.
Is the body responsible for looking into serious complaints against officers fit for purpose?
Published: 22:08, 31 March 2012 | Updated: 22:57, 31 March 2012
Critical delays: The IPCC has not interviewed any officer over the death of Mark Duggan
At nine minutes past seven on the evening of March 3, Anthony Grainger was sitting in a car park in the Cheshire village of Culcheth at the wheel of a stolen red Audi, together with two friends. They had been there for 24 minutes when a second Audi, a grey estate model, screeched to a halt in front of them.
One of its occupants fired a single bullet from a Heckler & Koch sub-machine gun. It made a neat hole in Grainger’s windscreen, and then, because he had turned sideways in a futile attempt to protect himself, passed through both of his lungs and his heart.
36, and the father of two children, Grainger became the first person to
be shot dead by police in Britain since Mark Duggan died in Tottenham,
North London, on August 4 last year, triggering widespread riots.
men in the grey Audi were specialist armed officers from Greater
Manchester, bound by strict rules stating they may open fire only when
the threat to innocent life is ‘imminent and extreme’.
However, neither Grainger nor his friends, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were carrying weapons, and none were found in their vehicle. There was no one else in the car park.
The Mail on Sunday has obtained a police document that raises grave doubts as to whether the shooting was justified. Officers, it reveals, had spent the previous six weeks watching Grainger and his associates – but had few apparent reasons to suspect they were armed.
The document, an official ‘Summary of Evidence’ drawn up soon after the shooting, states that Grainger’s death was the culmination of Operation Shire, a ‘proactive investigation into an organised crime group’ believed to be planning to commit robberies. But it also suggests the only evidence police had that the men might have weapons was worryingly flimsy.
On this basis, the document
adds, the police concluded that ‘they have been in possession of items
which may be used either as weapons or tools to gain access to potential
They had also ‘made numerous circular routes around the village that would allow them to observe a number of commercial premises, financial businesses and banks. The suspects have spent extended periods of time within a car park which would give them the view and the time to discuss planning potential robberies in that immediate area’.
It is indeed the case that like other large villages, Culcheth, a busy commuter dormitory settlement 15 miles west of Manchester, has a number of shops, banks and restaurants.
Finally, says the document, Grainger and his friends were wearing rolled-up balaclavas, which could have been ‘pulled down over their faces’.
was the background to what the document terms the ‘arrest situation in
the car park’, when ‘Anthony Grainger was shot by an authorised
firearms officer, of which [sic] injuries sustained proved to be fatal’.
No answers: Police shooting victim Anthony Grainger with girlfriend Gail Hadfield
Grainger’s mother, Marina, said yesterday: ‘My son was a dedicated, loving father, and I want answers as to why he was killed.
‘Even if the police had evidence that he was up to no good, why did they shoot him dead when he was doing nothing more than sitting in a car park without a weapon?’
Disclosure of the Grainger document comes amid mounting concern that the body responsible for investigating fatal police shootings, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), is not fit for purpose.
‘As an idea, the IPCC is important,’ said Keith Vaz, chairman of the Commons Select Committee on Home Affairs. ‘The committee has investigated its work several times, and unfortunately we have always found it wanting. It seems to have lost its way.’
Last week, Mark Duggan’s family were dismayed to discover there will never be an inquest into his death without a change to the law, because the police operation that led to his being stopped while riding as a passenger in a taxi arose from intelligence gathered from phone taps.
Under the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act, phone-tap transcripts cannot be disclosed to coroners.
Like inquiries into previous shootings, such as that of Jean Charles de Menezes, who was wrongly identified as a suicide bomber and killed at Stockwell Tube station in July 2005, the IPCC investigation into Duggan’s death has become marred by severe delays.
The Mail on Sunday has established that eight months after Duggan was shot, IPCC investigators have not interviewed any of the 31 officers involved in the incident and its aftermath – something Mr Vaz found ‘astonishing’.
In fact, the officers, represented by the Police Federation, have declined to be interviewed, although, as is usual in shooting cases, they wrote brief statements at an early stage. The Commission has no legal powers to compel such interviews, unless an officer has been formally placed under investigation.
Steve Evans, secretary of the Federation’s professional standards committee, said this ban would only be lifted ‘if we get categorical assurances that they are being interviewed as witnesses, not as possible suspects.
‘While they will want to co-operate, they also need to be able to control what is said. The bottom line here is that we have to feel comfortable.’
Fighting back: A masked rioter is seen in front of a burning car in Hackney during the London summer riots the weekend after the police shooting of Duggan
Such assurances, he added, could be given only after the IPCC had submitted a report to the Crown Prosecution Service – whose deliberations in similar cases have taken many months.
Further delays have been caused by the fact that when the IPCC interviewed the most critical non-police witness, the Urdu-speaking taxi driver, it used an incompetent interpreter. The result was that his statement was riddled with obvious errors and had to be taken again.
Metropolitan Police commissioner Ian Blair – now Lord Blair – said the
IPCC had not remedied two crucial failings highlighted by the de Menezes
case, which blighted his tenure.
He said: ‘The first is the length of time it takes to carry out investigations. The second, which both the de Menezes and the Duggan cases have at their heart, is to make clear to the public and the families some of the salient facts.’
With Duggan, he added, this applied especially to the vital issue of whether he had a gun when he was shot. A weapon – which did not bear his DNA or his fingerprints – was found on the other side of a fence 14ft from his body. However, its provenance has never been disclosed.
The IPCC’s problems are not all of its own making. Its annual budget of £34 million allows it to employ just 120 investigators for the whole of England and Wales, who must somehow cope with 170 major inquiries each year – not just deaths, but also allegations of serious assault and corruption.
For comparison, the current police inquiry into newspaper phone hacking will spend £40 million this year and has employed 150 detectives.
The upshot is that the families of police shooting victims feel powerless and abused. ‘Imagine what would happen if a group of armed men who weren’t police officers shot a member of your family dead,’ said John Schofield, Anthony Grainger’s stepfather. ‘There would be an incident room, a huge team of detectives.
‘But if you have the misfortune to have a family member shot by police, you’re in a totally different ball game, with totally different rules.
‘The team working on Anthony’s death is tiny. The way it feels to us is that the cover-up starts on day one.’
both the Duggan and Grainger cases, early media reports of the incident
were totally misleading. For example, the IPCC wrongly told reporters
that Duggan had fired at the officers who killed him.
After the death of Grainger, reports claimed that the police had told the men in the vehicle three times to put their hands up, but that he failed to do so.
Yet at the time he
died, the car park was completely dark, and as The Mail on Sunday
established one night last week, it would have been impossible to see
whether he was putting his hands up.
In addition to the single shot that killed Grainger, the police fired a CS gas grenade into the car, and burst its tyres with a shotgun.
‘But what was the order in which these things happened?’ asked his girlfriend, Gail Hadfield.
‘We still have not been given the autopsy report. Was there CS gas in his lungs? If there wasn’t, that would mean he’d already been shot when they threw that grenade. The IPCC hasn’t given us any answers.’
Rioters set fire to police vehicles, a double decker bus and various shops after a demonstration outside the local police station following Duggan’s death
Grainger had a criminal record, a long string of motoring, insurance and car theft offences, all but one of which were committed at least 11 years ago.
He had also been cleared in 2010 of serious drug charges, in a case described by the family solicitor, Keith Dyson, as ‘murky’: the jury acquitted him after hearing evidence of police corruption.
Last August, Grainger was arrested on suspicion of stealing a computer memory stick, said to contain highly sensitive information, from a police officer’s car. It was only in January, a few days before Operation Shire began, that the police told him that this case was closed and he would not be facing charges.
However, like Duggan, he had never been arrested or convicted for any crime of violence.
‘You meet the IPCC and it quickly becomes obvious there’s a total inadequacy of resources,’ Mr Dyson said.
‘As for the fact that they won’t be able to conduct interviews, it’s hopeless. How else can they begin to establish what was going through the officers’ minds?’
Delays, underfunding and incompetence have a further consequence. Seven years after her son Azelle Rodney was shot eight times by police in North London, apparently because of false intelligence that he had some kind of machine gun, Susan Alexander is still fighting to discover what happened.
Like the Duggan family, she has been denied an inquest because of the phone-tap law, although a public inquiry, conducted by a judge without a jury, is finally set to open later this year.
‘I never imagined it would take this long,’ she said. ‘But I just have to keep going. I need to know the truth.’
Her solicitor Daniel Machover said that the delay was ‘unforgivable’. But what makes him ‘nauseous’ is his belief that if the Rodney case had been properly examined in public, ‘there may well be lessons learnt that could have led to other operations being run differently. It’s possible that others who have also been shot might still be alive’.
Because it doesn’t involve phone taps, an inquest will be held into Grainger’s death.
A Greater Manchester Police spokesman said the force could not comment on any aspect of the shooting because the IPCC was investigating it.
An IPCC spokeswoman said the body is to conduct a ‘review’ of its handling of shootings. She added: ‘We are particularly keen to invite families and those affected by our investigation to help us look at our approach to these cases, and what we can do to improve both the system and the way we work.’
Comment: The IPCC has a new name but is still no more than a mailing service for a police force that investigates itself. The police will only pounce on whistleblowers and those too honest and decent to conform to their corrupt practices.
Police withhold evidence that proves man is innocent of rape
Greater Manchester Police reputation for corruption and malpractice.
The murder of Lesley Molseed, an 11-year-old British girl, occurred on 5 October 1975 in West Yorkshire, England. Stefan Kiszko, an intellectually disabled man who lived near Molseed in Greater Manchester, was wrongly convicted of sexually assaulting and murdering her, and served 16 years in prison before the conviction was overturned. Kiszko’s mental and physical condition deteriorated while he was in prison, and he died 20 months after his release in 1992, before he could collect money owed to him for his suffering. His ordeal was described by one British MP as “the worst miscarriage of justice of all time.” Evidence that Kiszko could not have committed the crime was suppressed by three members of the investigation team, who were initially arrested in 1993 before charges were dropped. In 2006, however, a DNA match led to the arrest of Ronald Castree for Molseed’s murder. He was convicted the following year and sentenced to life in prison. Comment: Stefan lived with his mother. She planted a tree in their back garden to mark each of the 17 years her son was in prison. The police had no shred of evidence to link Stefan with the crime. People should be very alarmed.
Posted : 29th December 2017
Comment: Latest figures show a 7.2% crime annual clea up rate, with resources focused on domestic violence and sex crimes, along with video and internet surveilance . monitoring what they and politicians define as extremism.
The importance of disclosure in criminal proceedings
As we head into the new year, Watson Woodhouse have been looking at the events of 2017 to highlight changes that need to happen to the criminal justice system in 2018. We could not ignore the events that happened earlier this month in South London when two rapes cases collapsed due to apparent failings of the police in complying with disclosure requirements. The judge in the case called for an urgent review into disclosure at the Metropolitan Police. The outcome of which we hope will shape the criminal justice we are entering into in 2018, although issues similar to this have been highlighted for many years with no apparent changes made so far. Hopefully the vast coverage this case has received will help in sculpting these changes. Watson Woodhouse have been discussing their views on this area of law and highlighting why this aspect is hugely important to any criminal case.
The case of Liam Allen a university student who was accused of rape, had his case dropped after it was revealed that police had belatedly disclosed phone messages from the Complainant that strongly undermined the prosecution’s case and the Complainant’s account of what had happened. Allen’s ordeal went on for 2 years, and could have been avoided if the police complied with their responsibilities of disclosure. The “golden rule” is that fairness requires that full disclosure should be made of all material held by the prosecution that weakens its case or strengthens that of the defence.
What is Disclosure?
A case can only be brought before the Court if it satisfies both stages of the full code test in the Code for Crown Prosecutors. That is, that there is sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction and that a prosecution is required in the public interest. In the case of Allen, his case would have almost certainly have fallen at the first hurdle if the police disclosed the text messages they had, due to it being highly likely that the prosecutors would not have found there to be sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction. The prosecuting barrister on the case labelled it the most appalling failure of disclosure he had encountered.
The reasoning why the messages were not disclosed is unclear. The prosecutor in the case of Allen said “The CPS are under terrible pressure, as are the police. Both work hard but are badly under-resourced… Because of the swingeing cuts that the Treasury continuously imposes, the system is not just creaking, it is about to croak.” Mr Allen’s case is a clear example of what will happen when the system does croak. Not only was he on police bail for 2 years, he also potentially faced up to 12 years in prison and life on the sex offenders register had he been found guilty of this offence. An offence which he did not commit. An innocent man going to jail is the biggest miscarriage of justice and as rightly said by Mr Allen himself “Lessons need to be learnt.”
The judge in the case called for an urgent review into disclosure by the metropolitan police and also an inquiry into disclosure at the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). This is a review which is long awaited and as a large criminal law firm we eagerly anticipate the result. Moreover, this result casts doubt onto the successful convictions which have gone before it. A second case collapsed earlier this week of Isaac Itiary, after material was not given to the defence team until his lawyers asked for it.
However, it must be noted that it is not just rape and sexual offence cases that are failing in regards to fair disclosure. A report in July this year concluded that the police did not properly disclose evidence in four out of ten crown court cases, resulting in collapsed trials and people’s lives tarnished by the failings of the police. This can be as little as something irrelevant to the case, or like in Mr Allen’s case something which wholly undermines the case against the accused.
At Watson Woodhouse we have recognised this issue and that is why we have a team dedicated to exploring disclosure and reviewing unused material to ensure that our clients never come close to having the same fate as Isaac and Allen. Although the CPS and police are under a duty to disclose material that either weakens their case or strengthens the defence’s case, the solicitors in Mr Allen’s case should have been more proactive in demanding the messages.
It cannot be ignored that although police gather the evidence the decision to disclose is made by CPS lawyers. It appears that Mr Allen has been grossly let down by the criminal justice system. From the police to the CPS, but moreover by austerity measures. The one regime which is designed to protect its people has instead made cuts to legal aid, to the local police forces and to the CPS. It’s inevitable these inexcusable miscarriages will happen when every part of the criminal justice system is reaching breaking point! The only saving grace in this case was the prosecuting barrister who demanded the messages to be disclosed.
What Watson Woodhouse Solicitors can do for you
As mentioned previously, here at Watson Woodhouse we have a dedicated and experienced team of case progression officers whose sole job is to look at the evidence in the case and chase the CPS and police for disclosure. This means that if you instruct Watson Woodhouse not only will your solicitor thoroughly examine the case against you, the evidence will also pass through our case progression department for thorough examination and scrutiny. We are a pro-active firm and will not wait for material to be disclosed to us, instead we actively chase the material and pass the evidence through a rigorous examination to ensure we avoid any miscarriages of justice.
Make the right choice with Watson Woodhouse and you will get;
- An expert solicitor who is specifically trained in assisting you in interview and making sure the police are complying with their duties.
- A police station coordinator whose sole job is to follow up with the police so that if you are released under investigation we have someone to constantly check with any updates in your case.
- If you are charged to court, an expert solicitor will assist you in court and advise you of your options.
- If you plead not guilty, you solicitor will begin to prepare your defence and chase the CPS to ensure all materials have been disclosed within 28 days!
- Once your solicitor has examined all the material the case will then pass to the case progression department who will begin the process again and ensure that there is no outstanding material.
- An expert solicitor at trial who will deliver your defence and cross examine witnesses on your behalf.
This is a tried and tested method which we have been using at Watson Woodhouse Solicitors for many years and we have every confidence that this method avoids any miscarriages of justice for our clients. If you believe you have fallen victim to a possible miscarriage of justice, or would like some advice regarding an ongoing investigation you are involved in please contact our criminal defence team and we will ensure that what has happened to Mr Allen and Mr Itiary never happens to you.
Force given another £5 million to test predictive policing technology
Met whistleblower forced out by officer he exposed
Tribunal rules that police colluded at top level to destroy the career of junior detective who reported one of them for cheating
- By Rachel Shields
- Sunday 15 August 2010 00:00
A senior police officer cheated to get a promotion and then used his new position to wreck the career of a detective who blew the whistle on him, an employment tribunal has found.
Detective Inspector Kevin Williams – who accessed questions on an internal database shortly before he was interviewed for a promotion in the Metropolitan Police e-crime unit – still retains high-level security clearance and now works in the counter-terror unit. In the meantime, Detective Sergeant Howard Shaw, who blew the whistle, has been forced out of his job.
The tribunal found that senior Scotland Yard officers colluded in bringing a false disciplinary case, and Commander Nigel Mawer – who led the investigation into the loss of government disks containing the information of 25 million people in 2007 – was criticised for being “surprisingly and exceptionally careless” in his handling of the case. The judge concluded that Mr Mawer “did not consider and did not care whether or not the disciplinary proceedings against the claimant were properly founded”.
When Shaw, 47, discovered that Williams had asked a colleague for the questions on an interview panel, he reported the incident to Detective Superintendent Charlie McMurdie. But no action was taken and Williams was appointed to the e-crime unit soon afterwards. When it emerged that he had accessed the questions online, Shaw again complained to McMurdie. Days later McMurdie and Williams instigated disciplinary proceedings against Shaw, making a false allegation that he had broken an order not to continue with an outside business interest, and removed him from the e-crime unit, the tribunal found.
“There is an assumption in the police that if you are disciplined then you are guilty,” said DS Shaw. “I was ostracised by my peers, it was a lonely two years. I was under the care of my doctor and on medication, I had counselling. It had an effect on my whole family.”
DS Shaw returned to the e-crime unit – a £7m project established in 2008 to tackle cybercrime – after the internal hearing exonerated him, but he found working with colleagues who had brought false proceedings too difficult, and transferred to the extradition and international assistance units.
“My story shows how difficult it is to be a whistleblower in the police, where senior officers are not challenged. The culture in the organisation is to protect men of the same cloth,” he said after the hearing.
A Remedy Hearing will be held on 13 October to determine how much compensation DS Shaw will receive. His solicitor, Lawrence Davies, of the firm Equal Justice, said: “Essentially, the Met ran two defences. The first was that Shaw never whistle-blew. The second was that if Shaw did complain, he did so because he had been correctly disciplined. Both were untrue. They sought to ruin his career because he is an honest cop and dutifully complained when he witnessed Williams break the law.”
DI Williams received “words of advice” – the lowest form of disciplinary action in the Met police – for cheating and instigating false disciplinary proceedings, and was recently appointed to a counterterrorism role.
A police spokesman said: “The Met encourages staff to challenge inappropriate behaviour and report wrongdoing so it can maintain high professional standards, and the trust and confidence of staff and the wider community.”
West Midlands Police has been awarded a further £5 million from the Home Office to continue testing software that predicts if someone will commit a crime or become a victim of one.
Jul 17, 2019
By Tony Thompson
The force is trialling the National Data Analytics Solution to analyse data on knife and gun offences, as well as modern slavery.
West Midlands Police Superintendent Nick Dale said: “This technology has the potential to help us understand modern slavery networks, the hidden crime within our communities, so much better, as well as the problems that lead to serious violence that blights communities and affects the lives of victims and perpetrators.
“We are still at an early stage in identifying how best machine learning technology can be used, but it is really important that our work is scrutinised independently from an ethical point of view, and that technology will never replace professional judgment or affect the police’s accountability for our actions.”
West Midlands Police received funding of £4.5 million from the Home Office last year to trial the scheme.
Durham Police was the first force in England and Wales to use a predictive computer programme to decide how likely criminals were to re-offend, but several others are now looking at similar technology.
Home Secretary Sajid Javid said: “I fully support the police embracing innovative new technology in the fight against crime and to protect the most vulnerable victims.
“Anything we can do to stay one step ahead of the criminals should be welcomed, providing it is rigorously tested and ethically sound. I look forward to seeing the results of this West Midlands trial.”
Former UK minister Andrew Mitchell loses ‘Plebgate’ libel case
Judge rules ex-Conservative chief whip called PC Toby Rowland a ‘pleb’
Fri, Nov 28, 2014, 10:47
Former UK Conservative chief whip Andrew Mitchell has lost a libel case over claims he called a policeman a “pleb”. Photograph: Andy Rain/EPA
A former minister in David Cameron’s Tory government lost a libel case on Thursday over a newspaper article that said he had insultingly referred to police as “plebs”.
Andrew Mitchell was forced to quit his ministerial job after a 2012 confrontation with officers outside Mr Cameron’s Downing Street office.
A high court judge ruled former the chief whip called PC Toby Rowland a “pleb” when the PC asked Mr Mitchell to use the pedestrian exit at number 9 Downing St.
The judge said Mr Mitchell did call Mr Rowland the “politically toxic” word because the officer did not have the “wit, imagination or inclination” to invent it.
Mr Mitchell had admitted swearing but denied using the word “pleb”, as reported by the Sun.
He sued the tabloid’s publisher, News Group Newspapers, over the claims.
Mr Rowland previously said he would seek damages from Mr Mitchell for suggesting he had lied.
The former minister said after the ruling he was disappointed but added: “This has been a miserable two years and we now need to bring this matter to a close and move on with our lives.”
Mr Mitchell could be facing legal bills of up to £3 million (€3.8 million) as lawyers for Mr Rowland and News Group Newspapers seek reimbursement for their costs.
Mr Rowland said he regretted the incident had ended up in court but was delighted by the ruling.
He said: “It is particularly saddening that all this happened because I was merely following procedures – I was doing my job without fear or favour.”
The senior British police constable who was on duty in Downing St at the time of the row said he feels sorry for Mr Mitchell.
Retired PC Ian Richardson said it was a “nonsense incident” and accused the Police Federation of “jumping on the band wagon”.
Senior cop Graham McInarlin lodged a complaint accusing police chief Phil Gormley of bullying. He was the top’s aide for just six months.
Superintendent Graham McInarlin, 54, bagged his job as the Chief Constable’s head of executive support in January.
The experienced officer — named by sources — is described as a “well-liked, accomplished, old-school cop” who was looking forward to his new role at the force’s Tulliallan Castle HQ, Fife.
But an insider said: “A few weeks ago he told a colleague he’d had enough — and walked out.”
Mr McInarlin is currently off with stress after lodging a complaint against the Police Scotland boss. His position saw him working with Mr Gormley as boss of a hand-picked officer team assisting the top cop.
The former chief inspector was previously commander for Glasgow’s southside. He led the hunt for missing Janet McQueen, 58, whose body was found in Pollok Country Park in March.
The news emerged as the Police Investigations and Review Commissioner launched its probe into gross misconduct allegations.
Insiders reckon the watchdog — headed by former Crown Office prosecutor Kate Frame — will take dozens of statements from staff at Tulliallan Castle, where Mr Gormley also lives.
But the force No1 will not be suspended during the probe, following a special meeting of his bosses in the Scottish Police Authority yesterday.
The SPA’s Nicola Marchant said they’d “carefully considered” calls to relieve Mr Gormley of his duties.
But she added: “The SPA takes the view that a suspension is not appropriate. As with any process of this nature, that is an issue we will keep under review.”
Last night Niven Rennie, former chairman of the Association of Scottish Police Superintendents, said the suspension row was a “difficult” call as Mr Gormley lives at Tulliallan in a controversial £599-a-month cut-price rent deal.
Mr Rennie said: “He’s not guilty of anything until the evidence proves otherwise. The SPA have got to be fair to him and be seen not to overreact.
“The second thing, though, is they have got to be fair to the witnesses.
“The matter is further complicated by the fact that Mr Gormley stays at Tulliallan Castle. If you put him on gardening leave, his house is actually attached to the headquarters. So where does he go?”
Under disciplinary rules for officers ranked Assistant Chief Constable and above, “gross misconduct” is classed as “a breach of Standards of Professional Behaviour that is so serious that dismissal may be justified”.
The standards, included in legal regulations, are listed under 10 headings. One of them is titled “Authority, respect and courtesy” and is likely to cover bullying.
It says: “Constables act with self-control and tolerance, treating members of the public and colleagues with respect and courtesy.
Constables do not abuse their powers or authority and respect the rights of all individuals.”
Under rules spelled out by the SPA, an officer can be put on full pay gardening leave if “an effective criminal or misconduct investigation may be prejudiced if the senior officer is not suspended”, or if “the public interest requires the senior officer’s suspension”.
Tory justice chief Liam Kerr said the claims were troubling.
He said: “To have the Chief Constable under investigation in this manner is extremely concerning, and will undermine confidence in our police force.”
And Labour’s Claire Baker said: “All allegations must be fully investigated and I’d urge PIRC to be as transparent as possible.”
We told yesterday that Mr Gormley admitted he was being investigated by PIRC.
It is understood the bullying complaint was made more than two weeks ago.
The probe is the latest crisis engulfing Police Scotland since Mr Gormley succeeded under-fire Sir Stephen House last January.
The force faces a £188million budget black hole over the next three years.
Bobbies have complained of crumbling buildings and cars, and of overtime restrictions hitting crime fighting.
The national force is also set to lose 400 officers by 2020.
Shake-up fails to end force woes
POLICE Scotland was meant to get a reboot in 2016 after two and a half years of turmoil.
Sir Stephen House had gone — with some gentle encouragement from the government — following a terrible spell culminating in the notorious M9 ‘missed call’ tragedy.
But since Phil Gormley was parachuted in, it’s been more of the same. Grim public and staff surveys. A budget hole which looks impossible to fill. Cops angry about cuts.
Gormley’s boss, Scottish Police Authority chairman Andrew Flanagan, is quitting after being accused of bullying — a claim he denies.
And now Gormley is facing a probe which could see him sacked.
Justice Secretary Michael Matheson oversaw Police Scotland’s overhaul after being brought in by Nic-ola Sturgeon to sort out the mess.
He is on holiday. And he’s unlike- ly to be relishing his first day back.
A report from the College of Policing has warned of a “bullying, arrogant, macho” culture within British police forces, where whistleblowing is frowned upon and cases of racism and sexism are rife.
The evidence-based review, carried out by senior academics in criminology and law, states that it is “career limiting” to challenge the status quo within police forces.
The report says that although whistleblowing has been enshrined in the law, there is no real culture of it within the police force, the Guardian reports.
Officers who were interviewed said that whistleblowing against chief officers is extremely rare – and in the cases where it has been done, the whistleblowers had often resigned because of the “extreme unpleasantness” of their work environment after they had made allegations.
The report was commissioned in 2013, with senior academics interviewing officers and investigators who had probed 40 cases of police misconduct.
Last year, Home Secretary Theresa May announced plans to increase protection for police whistleblowers.
“Police officers and staff need to know that they can come forward in complete confidence to report wrongdoing by their colleagues,” she insisted.
As well as singling out the problem of whistleblowing, the report found that UK police forces have a “bullying boys’ club culture” which recruits a particular kind of candidates.
The study also found corruption at the higher end of police forces, with senior officers using expenses to pay for private school fees and extramarital affairs.
“We were told that some chief officers tended to see themselves as being more akin to ‘captains of industry’ than public servants – with all the entitlements and privileges that came with the CEO role. Several interviewees described a ‘culture of entitlement’ at chief officer level,” the report reads.
One of the authors said the report gives valuable insight into how police officers fall foul of professional conduct.
“It identifies both organisation pressures and individual vulnerabilities that can result in misconduct among people doing very demanding jobs. Understanding these factors is central in mitigating the risks,” said Professor Mike Hough, as quoted by the Guardian.
But the chair of the Police Federation of England and Wales, Steve White, defended police conduct, while hinting that government cuts are not helping police officers do their jobs.
“The police code of ethics exists to clearly define the standards of behaviour and good practice which is expected of officers throughout the country and which they must adhere to,” he said.
“Police officers are facing unprecedented demand and the cracks are beginning to show. This report must be taken seriously to ensure that we have the senior officers needed to deal with the ever thinning blue line,” he added.
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