Home Secretary orders review of the way alleged historic child abuse was handled

In an oral statement presented to the House of Commons on the 7th July the Home Secretary confirmed that she had appointed Peter Wanless – the chief executive of the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children – to lead a review  of how the police and prosecutors and others handled  information concerning alleged child […]

Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) apologise to innocent man for not investigating case more thoroughly

A man who spent 17 years behind bars wrongfully convicted of attempted rape has received an apology from a body set up to examine miscarriages of justice. Victor Nealon, 53, was convicted of attacking a woman outside a nightclub in Redditch in 1996. He asked the Criminal Cases Review Commission (CCRC) to examine his case […]

Savile, Bryn Estyn and the danger of modern witch-hunts

Mark Barlow, a barrister at Garden Court North Chambers in Manchester and Mark Newby, a solicitor Advocate at Quality Solicitors Jordans in Doncaster have written an excellent article published by the Justice Gap regarding the Savile, Bryn Estyn inquiries and the danger of modern witch-hunts. A modern day witch-hunt The Waterhouse Inquiry (Lost in Care) has been […]

Relief as another celebrity case collapses

The Daily Mail have full coverage of Jimmy Tarbuck’s response to the news that he is not to be prosecuted for alleged  historical abuse following complaints made by 6 individuals. Jimmy Tarbuck said he had been the victim of ‘false and malicious claims’ after learning he will not be prosecuted for historic sexual offences. The […]

“You will be believed” is the Police and CPS mantra for claims of sex offences

Read Jonathon King’s challenging article in Inside Time in which he takes issue with the police and CPS mantra that  those who report allegations of sexual abuse will be believed. They don’t tend to believe people claiming innocence of murder accusations or drug dealing or terrorism or fraud or burglary, but claims of sex assault, […]

MP questions trawling approach in Operation Pallial

ITV.Com have reported that Barry Sheerman M.P. for Huddersfield  has raised questions about the National Crime Agency’s use of  police ‘trawling’ methods.  “Labour’s Barry Sheerman claimed the National Crime Agency (NCA) was using controversial “trawling” techniques to find evidence against teachers and social workers in its investigation into historic child abuse in North Wales care […]

New figures show up to one third of rape investigations in some police forces in England and Wales are later dropped.

New figures show up to one third of rape investigations in some police forces in England and Wales are later dropped. The Inspectorate of Constabulary, which compiled data from across all 43 police forces, revealed large variations in recorded rapes that are then dismissed. Lincolnshire has the highest proportion of alleged rape cases that go on […]

DPP says victims of sexual offences have been afraid of reporting them because police have asked “the wrong questions”,

In a widely reported interview Keith Starmer, the Director of Public Prosecutions told Andrew Marr on BBC television that “Victims of sexual offences have been afraid of reporting them because police have asked “the wrong questions””. Keir Starmer told BBC One’s Andrew Marr Show “crude tests” had been used to question if victims would be […]

Police watchdog says more fans’ statements after the Hillsborough stadium disaster “may have been altered”

“Fans’ statements after the Hillsborough stadium disaster “may have been altered”, the police watchdog has said. The Independent Police Complaints Commission also said 74 further police statements could have been changed – taking the total number above 200. Margaret Aspinall, of the Hillsborough Family Support Group (HFSG), said campaigners had long suspected that fans’ statements […]

Jillings child abuse report angers victims

A decision to withhold  details from a damning report on alleged widespread abuse in children’s homes has been strongly criticised by victims, lawyers and child protection experts. The Jillings report into physical and sexual abuse of boys and girls in north Wales in the 1970s and 80s was finally published on Monday almost 20 years after it was suppressed on advice […]

IPCC identify 55 amended police statements not previously known in respect of the Hillsborough disaster

The IPCC watchdog has identified a further 55 police statements that it believes were amended in the aftermath of the Hillsborough disaster. The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said the statements were being analysed. Investigators from the IPCC will later this month begin interviewing 164 officers who have already been identified for having changed their statements. These officers were […]

Police conduct a major investigation into alleged abuse at former children’s homes in the East Midlands

According to reports on the BBC (here) and the Daily Mail (here) East Midlands Police are conducting a major investigation into alleged abuse at former children’s homes in Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire and Leicestershire some of which is said to have occurred over 30 years ago. If you have worked at any of the homes under question, […]

West Midlands Police pay out to bereaved mum

A mother arrested on suspicion of murder after her son died of natural causes has accepted an undisclosed settlement from the police. Abby Podmore, from Quinton, Birmingham, was held in police custody overnight following the death of three-year-old Alfie in February 2011. Dental nurse Ms Podmore said she was relieved the legal battle was over […]

Anne Diamond says she feels queasy about this sex pest witchhunt

“Why I’m queasy about this sex pest witchhunt and girls who dress to kill” In a frank and times disturbing article Anne Diamond pours scorn on the behaviour of those teenage girls who in the past have fitted with celebrities and calls for those accused of sexual offences, particularly historical ones, to be protected by the […]

The curse of Bryn Estyn – the view of an ex resident

Our attention has been drawn to the following blog about Bryn Estyn which can be accessed here, and which is copied below. It was written by an anonymous ex resident and is remarkably balanced in its view. “O, what a tangled web we weave when we practice to deceive” - Sir Walter Scott. It has been 34 […]

BBC Radio 4 – The Report, Investigating Historic Abuse

For those who missed it the recent radio programme on BBC Radio 4 – The Report, Investigating Historic Abuse can be accessed here .. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01sjk6l

Operation Pallial – phase one expected to cost more than half a million pounds.

This blog by  Anna Racoon has recently been brought to our attention. It begins… I thought I’d tell you something interesting pertaining to ‘Pallial’ before you all dropped dead from the excitement. The North Wales Police ‘Operation Pallial’ has been trawling our mediascape since last November and has finally come to an expensive decision. Even […]

Conviction rates for rape and domestic violence cases have risen to an all time high

The DPP says conviction rates for rape and domestic violence cases have risen to an all time high, the director of public prosecutions (DPP) has revealed, amid criticism that too few cases are being brought to court. Figures released by the Crown Prosecution Service show that the conviction rate for rape prosecutions has increased to the highest […]

Final Report of The Independent Inquiry into Care Provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust published

The final report into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust was published today. The Inquiry Chairman, Robert Francis QC, concluded that patients were routinely neglected by a Trust that was preoccupied with cost cutting, targets and processes and which lost sight of its fundamental responsibility to provide safe care. Download Inquiry Report […]

Treating every allegation against Jimmy Savile as a ‘fact’ undermines justice

The lead headline on the BBC website yesterday said: ” Jimmy Savile scandal: Report reveals extent of abuse”. Well, I have read the whole of the report, and I can assure you that it does not, writes Charles Moore from the Daily Telegraph. He says like most people he believes the gist of the report – in […]

Jimmy Saville: A Report for the Director of Public Prosecutions by Alison Levitt Q.C.

Jimmy Saville: A Report for the Director of Public Prosecutions by Alison Levitt Q.C.  Extracted below is the the reports introductory summary and the conclusion. For a full understanding of the issues you should read the whole report (here) Introductory Summary This case concerns four allegations that the late Jimmy Savile indecently assaulted girls and […]

Jimmy Saville scandal: how will affect future abuse cases?

There is an interesting article on the BBC website (here) which discusses how future cases of [alleged] abuse will affect the handling of future cases. Link to primary source (here)    

Macur Review issues a call for evidence

The Independent Review of the Waterhouse Tribunal will today publish an Issues Paper calling for views on the scope of the original Inquiry and whether or not it sufficiently investigated specific allegations of child abuse in North Wales care homes. Commenting on the call for further evidence, Mrs Justice Macur said: ‘To ensure I can […]

The Professional Standards Authority invites the general public to share their experience of schemes run by BACP and Play Therapy UK

The Professional Standards Authority are inviting comment on the applications for accreditation to the Accredited Voluntary Registers Scheme (for talking therapies) by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and Play Therapy UK  by 16 the January 2013.   The invitation states: We are interested to hear any information or experiences you have had with them which […]

Macur Review calls for information

Mrs Justice Macur DBE, has announced the publication of an Issue Paper in relation to the Macur Review. The Macur Review is an independent review established by the Government in November 2012 to consider the scope of the Waterhouse Inquiry and whether or not it sufficiently investigated specific allegations of child abuse in North Wales care […]