Police are arresting suspects of alleged historical sex crimes without sufficient evidence and keeping them on bail too long, a barrister has said. Geoffrey Robertson QC said if a charge could not be made within three months the case should be dropped. His comments come after no further action was taken against Paul Gambaccini over […]
Police are arresting suspects of alleged historical sex crimes without sufficient evidence and keeping them on bail too long.
A terminally ill man has won a second miscarriage of justice appeal over robberies he was mistakenly convicted of in the 1970s and 80s. Martin Foran, 70, from Manchester, successfully challenged the credibility of officers from the disbanded West Midlands Police Serious Crime Squad. The Court of Appeal overruled his 1978 conviction after a referral […]
Our attention has been drawn to a website here detailing one persons experience of a false allegation and the part played by the police. It is a sobering tale of how a well-intentioned investigation by the police turns sour and results in an innocent man losing his liberty and his employment. It is my story […]
The Daily Telegraph have reported (8th Sept) that a judge has criticised the Crown Prosecution Service for shoddy evidence and said a case should never have been brought to court after a former pupil at a £30,000 a-year public school was cleared of sexually assaulting a friend. Archie Reed, 20, was accused of sexually assaulting the […]
Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf replaces Lady Butler-Sloss as head of the UK government inquiry into historical child abuse.
The BBC have reported (5th September) that the Lord Mayor of London Fiona Woolf has replaced Lady Butler-Sloss as head of the UK government inquiry into historical child abuse. Ms Woolf is a City lawyer and former president of the Law Society. She will head an inquiry panel including child abuse experts and at least […]
BBC and South Yorkshire police to face a parliamentary inquiry over handling of search at Cliff Richard’s property.
The Guardian has reported (19th August) that the BBC director general, Tony Hall, and South Yorkshire police are facing a parliamentary inquiry over the leaking of highly sensitive information about the investigation of Sir Cliff Richard as an independent inquiry into the affair was announced. Hall and David Crompton, the South Yorkshire chief constable, were told […]
In an article in Spiked here Frank Ferudi poses the question of whether the NSPCC is acting in the child’s best interests and suggest that making the reporting of child abuse mandatory will not help children. Furedi not only questions why the NSPCC have suddenly changed their views over mandatory reporting , the NSPCC said it was opposed […]
The Daily Mail (12th July) have reported that Stephen Fry has criticised Operation Yewtree’s investigation into alleged historic abuse which Fry says has resulted in less than 50% of those held being convicted. Stephen Fry left an audience in shocked silence at a Labour fundraiser attended by Ed Miliband by publicly criticising the Operation Yewtree […]
Our attention has been brought to a very interesting article by Libby Purves in The Times on 26th May headed “This cruelty to those in legal limbo must stop” which essentially is about the impact of being subject to police investigations for several months when you are innocent. it begins: Imagine living in a country […]
It has been reported in the Daily Telegraph (12 May) quoting a Daily Mail report that a father has won £86,000 damages after a social worker falsely accused him of abusing daughter Jonathan Coupland was arrested and questioned for ten hours after Suzi Smith reported seeing him sexually assaulting Jessica, then aged six. The social worker made the […]
It has been reported in the Daily Mail (17th April) that Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner and the country’s most senior police officer has said that future historic sex abuse allegations will be subject to stricter tests before prosecutions take place. Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe, Metropolitan Police Commissioner, said police and prosecutors will apply more rigorous tests after […]
General Medical Council (GMC) is to re-examine the cases of a number of doctors who committed suicide while being investigated for their fitness to practise.
“The General Medical Council (GMC) is to re-examine the cases of a number of doctors who committed suicide while being investigated for their fitness to practise. An internal review will consider whether the regulator could do more to “support vulnerable doctors” during their investigations, which one leading GP described as creating “a culture of fear”. […]
Reports of sex offences, both historic and current, have also increased since Saville Affair emerged
Reports of sex offences overall, both historic and current, has also increased, with one police force seeing allegations almost double since last October, when the Savile affair first emerged. Nationally reports have increased by up to 10 per cent, figures show. It came as Damian Green, the criminal justice minister, vowed to better protect vulnerable […]
Home Secretary say criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged
Criminal suspects who have been arrested should not normally be named until they are charged, the Home Secretary has said. The Home Secretary wrote: “I am concerned that the refusal of some police forces to name suspects who have been charged undermines transparency in the criminal justice system and risks the possibility that witnesses and […]
Our attention has been drawn to a challenging article by Frank Furedi published on Spike Online here . It begins … After Savile: policing as entertainment Operation Yewtree isn’t about solving crime – it’s more like a reality TV format where the police’s aim is to thrill the paedo-fearing public. When, 50 years from now, historians look back at […]
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 […]
Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England given power to request any person or body to supply relevant information
The Children, Schools and Families Act 2010 (Commencement No. 3) Order 2013 has now been enacted. This amends Section 8 of the Act inserts by inserting Section 14B into the Children Act 2004(b) which gives Local Safeguarding Children Boards in England the power to request any person or body to supply such information as is specified in […]
Two experienced senior social workers who were plunged into a “nightmare” after officials unlawfully investigated them over false allegations they had ill-treated their young daughter have won damages in the high court. The pair, known as AB and CD, were exonerated by the court in the wake of a botched inquiry carried out by Haringey […]
Christopher Jefferies , a retired teacher speaks out about his vilification by the press after his wrongful arrest for the murder of Joanna Yeates and still waiting for an apology. Full story The Guardian, 24th November 2012